But while traveling to Kabul, Mattis told reporters there were signs elements of the Taliban
were interested in negotiations.
The US administration, however, seems to be divided in their response to the Taliban
The timing of the Taliban
overture was profoundly significant.
A spokesperson for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said while the government had encouraged the Taliban
to talk, the attacks in
said the attacks were a message to Trump that his policy of aggression would not work.
During its formation in the early 1990s, the Taliban
successfully transcended tribal and cultural norms, representing a strict form of Sunni Islam based on Deobandi doctrine, a dogmatic form of Islam originating in northern India that reinforces a conservative Islamic ethical code.
In 2010 the Obama administration poured more American soldiers in Afghanistan, taking the surge to one hundred thousand in a bid to stop the Taliban
In 1998, a small Taliban
unit entered the Iranian consulate in Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan's third largest city, and rounded up and butchered nine Iranian diplomats.
claimed the death was a retribution for the recent assassination of one of its leaders.
In an audio posted on the Taliban
website, he also expressed condolences to the Taliban
Rabari Shura or leadership council over the death of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour.
A local elder Jehanzeb Burki says that the Gulzar-e-Hijri was a perfect house for the Taliban
leader because despite being a mix neighborhood it was not a strange place for the people wearing same outfits as that of the person believed to be Taliban
As there was no progress on any of these demands, it was felt that the Taliban
may not join the peace process being brokered by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) with representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US.