The Taliban have issued a statement to mark the end of Ramadan, calling for the “American Invaders” to leave Afghanistan, Reuters has reported.
The group assured residents of a bright future under Islamic rule and said it had already liberated vast areas of the country.
The Taliban have also announced a cease-fire that will take place over Eid – with the exception of foreign forces to whom the cease-fire will not apply. In the statement, the group denounced the US relocation of its embassy in Israel, saying it “further exposes the absolute hatred of American officials towards Islam.”
Taliban leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada said in the statement that the Afghans' salvation lay in "American and other occupying forces" leaving, and repeated a call for talks with the United States.
"If American officials truly believe in a peaceful end to the Afghan imbroglio, then they must directly present themselves at the negotiating table," Akhunzada said.
"We also assure our nation (of) a bright future accompanied by peace and prosperity, Allah willing," he added.
The Taliban are currently fighting US-led NATO forces, combined under the Resolute Support mission, and the US-backed government with the aim of restoring sharia, or Islamic law. The Taliban were ousted from power by US-led forces in 2001.
"The American invaders have not desisted from any brutality and severity in pursuit of subduing our nation. They bomb our villages, cities, mosques, madrassas and other events, murder innocent civilians, forcibly displace them and torment thousands of Afghans through unimaginable torture in prisons," Akhunzada said.
The Resolute Support mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.