KABUL - Taliban has invited a US senator for “mutual talks” in the Qatari capital Doha, where the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has an office.
The terror group’s social media accounts extended the invitation to Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul over his latest comments about the United States’ long war in Afghanistan, The Washington Timesreported Sunday. US soldiers gather at Kandahar Air base in Afghanistan on January 23, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
“We invite the respectable US Senator Rand Paul, in his official capacity to visit our political office in Doha for mutual talks,” read a Twitter post by the self-declared Information Committee of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
It further suggested that the US should withdraw its forces from the war-ravaged country for peace to emerge.
“We’ll prove to Mr. Rand Paul, the immediate US withdrawal from [Afghanistan] will bring peace to our country & will enhance international security,” the group added in the social media post.
‘No US victory in Afghanistan’ Senator Rand Paul (C) takes a brief break from the floor of the US Senate to pose for a photo at the U.S Capitol February 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
The Kentucky lawmaker had criticized investment in the war on Afghanistan during an interview with Fox News on Thursday.
“The war in Afghanistan is costing us $50 billion a year… It’s time to come home. There is no military victory there,” Paul said.
On August 21, Trump announced he would prolong the military intervention in Afghanistan.
The United States -- under Republican George W. Bush’s presidency -- and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.