KABUL, Afghanistan (August 27, 2012) — The following is a statement from Brig. Gen. Stephen Twitty, a spokesman for United States Forces-Afghanistan:
“Assertions made in an article today in The Express Tribune that the United States is willing to cede Afghan territory as part of a rapprochement with the Haqqani network and that the U.S. sees the Haqqani Network playing an ‘…important role in the future political dispensation of Afghanistan,’ are categorically false.
“These comments, attributed to ‘a senior American military official’ are inconsistent with U.S. policy. Further, only the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has the authority to take political steps on behalf of the Afghan people.”