US’s former special representative to Afghanistan’s reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said that the US was losing the war in the country so the United States chose to negotiate with the Taliban.

Zalmay Khalilzad said that the US military tried many times to strengthen its position in war but could not do it, thus the negotiations with the Taliban were chosen as an alternative.

He added that the US did not want what happened on August 15-Taliban entered Kabul and captured the entire country but Panjshir province-, instead Afghanistan was expected to be led by an inclusive government in which power is shared.

The special representative also blamed former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for the disintegration of the security sector saying that his escape caused all the chaos in Kabul.

“Ghani’s rationale that he prevented bloodshed by fleeing Afghanistan is not true. If he wanted to step down, why did not he do it earlier? It could have led to an inclusive and all accepted government in Afghanistan.” Said, Khalilzad.

The native Afghan-American veteran diplomat appreciated the Taliban for living up to their promises and cutting ties with terror groups but warned of civil war if the de facto authorities do not establish an all-inclusive government in Kabul.

He said that the US’s two decades presence in Afghanistan was successful in suppressing the Al-Qaida but failed to build a democratic Afghanistan.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.