KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban are urging the “American people” to press their government in order to withdraw from Afghanistan and reminded Americans that the Afghan war could be the longest conflict in which they have been involved – and at a cost of “trillions of dollars. ”

The rambling, nearly several, 000 word letter issued Wed, was addressed to “the United states people, officials of independent non-governmental organizations and the peace loving Congressmen. ”

It repeated the Taliban’s longstanding offer of direct discussions with Washington, which the United States offers repeatedly refused, saying peace discussions should be between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

The letter promised an even more inclusive regime, education and legal rights for all, including women. However , this seemed to rule out power-sharing, saying that they had the right to form a government.