The Taliban official who has led the group’s peace negotiations with the US has told the BBC the insurgents do not want to seize “the whole country by [military] power”.
“It will not bring peace to Afghanistan,” Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said.
However, he said the group would not agree to a ceasefire until foreign forces were withdrawn from Afghanistan.
UN data shows that the Taliban are responsible for more civilian casualties than any other warring party. Read more