The Taliban, who call themselves the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, have released a statement regarding some changes to their treatment toward the Afghan security forces. While these changes come a few conditions (outlined below), which could be interpreted in several different ways.

The first is that the stipulations and demands do not essentially change anything, as they could be read as an attempt to unify Afghans against American forces, whether militarily or even politically. A statement like this makes them look amicable to Afghan civilians, while they don’t have to alter their current strategies or efforts at all.

It could also be seen as a step toward the plan that U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis outlined in March, 2018. Mattis said they were going to work toward reconciliation between the Taliban and the Afghan government, and that they must put down their differences in order to rebuild and move forward. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Taliban and the U.S. must be on good terms — the Taliban do not pose a particularly dangerous threat to the U.S. as a whole, not like they could threaten the current Afghan government.

Mattis said,

[Victory in Afghanistan means] a country whose own people and their own security forces can handle law enforcement, any threats … with international support … all working to achieve a reconciliation — a political reconciliation, not a military victory — the victory will be a political reconciliation.”

Afghans push a damaged car away from the scene of a militant attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. A suicide car bomber and Taliban militants disguised in burqas attacked a compound housing hundreds of foreigners in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said. The Taliban said the attack was a response to President Barack Obama’s surprise visit just hours earlier. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

If you want to read the text of the statement, scroll down and find it at the bottom.

The statement by the Taliban begins with a picture being painted of the slow but steady victory by the Taliban in various regions throughout Afghanistan. It does not mention the recent, devastating loss they suffered in Farah, and they claim they are pushing the United States into a “feeble defensive posture all the while losing tens of soldiers on the frontlines every day.”

The statement goes on to claim that the Taliban are concerned because they are forced to fight and kill other Afghans since they are working with the United States. It is here where they pledge amnesty distinguishing the Afghans security forces from the “American invaders.”