Afghanistan's Taliban militants on Thursday cautioned that its recent support of peace talks doesn't mean that it will stop fighting or accept "the constitution of a stooge Kabul administration."
The group said that it's "utilizing its political wing alongside its military presence," while blaming media outlets who "distort realities."
The statement comes just over a week after it tentatively agreed to open an office in Qatar's capital city of Doha; a decision widely seen as an overture aimed at establishing an outside forum for political talks with NATO-led forces and the current Afghan administration, among others.
The move appeared to be the first time the Taliban - who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when they were ousted by a U.S.-led invasion - have offered peace talks without the condition of an American withdrawal.
Calling himself "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan spokesman," Zabiullah Mujaheed said the group has a "preliminary agreement with Qatar and other respective sides."
Still, it's unclear whether talks could ultimately foster a degree of peace in a country that's seen more than three decades of war.
The U.S. has insisted militants recognize the country's relatively new constitution, while the Taliban is asking for the release of prisoners from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for opening the office.FULL STORY