Saturday, August 31, 2019

U.S. Officials Now Having Misgivings Over Any Deal With The Taliban In Afghanistan

U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

Reuters: In Trump's team, misgivings emerge over any deal with Taliban in Afghanistan: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As negotiators work to nail down an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, misgivings have grown among some Trump administration officials and lawmakers that it will erode the United States’ ability to thwart attacks from there, U.S. officials said.

Their concerns collide with U.S. President Donald Trump’s impatience to secure a deal to draw down 14,000 troops and end America’s longest war, allowing him to claim a foreign policy victory as he campaigns for re-election in 2020.

On Thursday, Trump appeared to reflect some of his aides' caution, telling Fox News Radio that U.S. troops would initially be reduced here to 8,600, and "then we make a determination from there as to what happens."

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WNU Editor: When Taliban commanders are saying this .... Taliban Say They Will Continue To Wage War Against The Afghan Government Even After A U.S. Withdrawal (August 26, 2019). Or when Taliban officials are saying this .... Taliban's Head Spokesman Says There Is No Proof Al Qaeda Was Responsible For 9/11 Attacks (August 23, 2019). Any same person will have misgivings. 

1 comment:

Bob Huntley said...

Anyone who thinks an agreement between the US and a warring faction in Afghanistan, in particular the Taliban, will change the culture of the citizens of that country is a brick short of a load.