Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Pentagon Plan Proposes A U.S. Military Exit From Afghanistan Over The Next Three To Five Years

New York Times: Under Peace Plan, U.S. Military Would Exit Afghanistan Within Five Years

WASHINGTON — All American troops would withdraw from Afghanistan over the next three to five years under a new Pentagon plan being offered in peace negotiations that could lead to a government in Kabul that shares power with the Taliban.

The rest of the international force in Afghanistan would leave at the same time, after having mixed success in stabilizing the country since 2001. The plan is being discussed with European allies and was devised, in part, to appeal to President Trump, who has long expressed skepticism of enduring American roles in wars overseas.

The plan calls for cutting by half, in coming months, the 14,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan. It would task the 8,600 European and other international troops with training the Afghan military — a focus of the NATO mission for more than a decade — and largely shift American operations to counterterrorism strikes.

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More News On The Pentagon Plan And The Current State Of U.S. - Taliban Talks

New Pentagon plan calls for troops to leave Afghanistan within five years: report -- The Hill
The US may reportedly wash its hands of Afghanistan in the next 5 years -- Task And Purpose
US envoy says US-Taliban talks to resume Saturday -- Arab News/AP
Taliban announces 2-day break in talks with the U.S. representatives in Qatar -- Khaama Press
Qatar Talks Called Off For Two Days; Will Resume Saturday -- TOLO News

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