U.S./Taliban Strike Deal to Withdraw Troops, But Chances of Success Not Promising

The United States and the Taliban have struck a deal to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war – almost 20 years since the 9/11 attacks. Reported by MSN (03/01/20). Read more…

The U.S. plans to pull all American forces out of Afghanistan within fourteen months if the Taliban holds to its commitment under a deal between the U.S. and the Taliban. NATO forces in the country are also expected to withdraw. The deal requires the U.S. to draw down its troop presence to 8,600 within 135 days. The deal also requires a comprehensive cease fire within the country, a negotiated political settlement between the government and Taliban, and that Afghanistan not be used as a safe haven for terrorists. Reported by i24 News (02/29/20). Read more…

However, the Taliban has launched dozens of attacks since the deal was announced, and the United States had conducted a retaliatory air strike, raising questions about the deal viability. Reported by the BBC (03/04/20). Read more…

The U.S. has also collected persuasive intelligence that the Taliban does not plan to honor the deal. Reported by NBC News (03/06/20). Read more…