. Taliban governor of Helmand’s message to west: ‘Come back with money, not guns « JO LEE MAGAZINE

The Guardian – Helmand’s new Taliban governor, who spent years as a commander fighting the British in Sangin, welcomes visitors with an assault rifle lying on his desk. Yet he insists the time for fighting is over.

He has a message for the British, and the rest of Nato: recognise the Taliban as Afghanistan’s legitimate leaders and then come back, but with money not guns.

Like most of Afghanistan, though, Helmand is hovering on the brink of economic collapse. And like Taliban officials all over the country, its governor is calling on foreign governments to help make up the gap.

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