Hibatullah Akhundzada

Afghan Taliban Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and Donald Trump

Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.

The Afghan Taliban chief, Hibatullah Akhundzada, renewed calls this week for direct discussions with the United States to end the nearly 17-year-old war — this time in a statement personally signed by the leader stressing that the withdrawal of “occupying forces” is the “only path” towards peace.