Top NATO Commander warns Afghan Taliban

Top NATO Commander warns Afghan Taliban

KABUL - The Resolute Support Mission (RS) in Afghanistan on Friday warned that Taliban will be fought if they refuse to sit at the peace negotiations table and continue clashing with Afghan security and defense forces.

Resolute Support spokesman Colonel David Butler said war does not benefit any of the warring parties and asked Taliban to leave violence and start negotiations, TOLO News has reported.

“If the Taliban wants to continue to fight, we will fight. If they want to stop fighting and talk, we will stop fighting and (will) talk,” said Butler.

However, he said if the group continues fighting, they will be suppressed. According to Butler, currently Afghanistan’s security and defense forces are on offensive status to fight the Taliban.

“The most important thing about putting military pressure on the Taliban is that the Afghan security forces are on the offensive. The Afghan security forces are off the check-points and taking the fight to the Taliban,” said Butler.