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Tue Feb 11, 2020, 11:33 PM

U.S. ready to sign peace deal if Taliban abide by promise to reduce violence

Feb. 11, 2020, 8:19 PM EST / Updated Feb. 11, 2020, 9:57 PM EST
By Dan De Luce and Abigail Williams

The United States and the Taliban are poised to clinch a deal that would see the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the start of peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government. But the agreement will go ahead only if the Taliban abide by a pledge to reduce violence over a seven-day period, according to a Western official, an Afghan official and two former U.S. officials briefed on the talks.

The two sides have revived the same draft agreement that came close to being signed in September, which calls for a timeline for a U.S. troop pullout in exchange for the Taliban agreeing to cut ties with terrorist groups and entering into peace talks with their foes in the Afghan government.


If the agreement goes ahead, it would potentially bring an end to America’s longest war by launching direct peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government for the first time.

A deal would give President Donald Trump a talking point in his bid for re-election, allowing him to argue he fulfilled a campaign promise to extricate America from "endless" wars abroad.

But a previous attempt fell apart at the 11th hour in September, and it remained unclear if the Taliban was ready to negotiate a genuine peace settlement with a government in Kabul that it has long rejected as a "puppet" of the United States.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Feb 12, 2020, 11:15 AM

1. It is time to come home

The objective was met years ago. There is nothing to gain by staying.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Feb 12, 2020, 11:29 AM

2. I think they have to try but....

...if it doesn't work, we should just say "Ok, fuck you very much, we'll see you later" and bug the hell out.

Far past time to leave that place. They can go back to the local-warlord, tribalism doctrine that's worked out so well for them....

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