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,