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post Feb 21 2020, 10:20 PM, updated 6 months ago

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US to sign withdrawal deal with Taliban on Feb 29
AFP -February 21, 2020 9:33 PM


About 2,400 US soldiers have been killed since the invasion of Afghanistan. (AP pic)
KABUL: The US and the Taliban are set to sign a historic agreement that would pave the way to ending America’s longest war, the bitter foes announced Friday, hours after Kabul said a week-long partial truce across Afghanistan would kick off this weekend.

If that so-called “reduction in violence” holds, it would mark a major turning point in the gruelling conflict and set the conditions for a deal that could, ultimately, pull US troops out after more than 18 years and launch Afghanistan into an uncertain future.

Both US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban issued statements saying they had agreed to sign the accord on Feb 29 in Doha, following the one-week partial truce.

“Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward,” Pompeo said, adding negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government would “start soon thereafter”.




Afghanistan’s National Security Council spokesman Javed Faisal and Taliban sources earlier said the “reduction in violence” between US, Taliban and Afghan security forces would begin Saturday.

The United States has been in talks with the Taliban for more than a year to secure a deal in which it would pull out thousands of troops in return for Taliban security guarantees and a promise to hold peace talks with the government in Kabul.

A reduction in violence would show the Taliban can control their forces and demonstrate good faith ahead of any signing, which would see the Pentagon withdraw about half of the 12,000-13,000 troops currently in Afghanistan.

In a statement, the Taliban said warring parties would “create a suitable security situation” ahead of a deal signing.

One Taliban source in Pakistan said that if an agreement is signed on Feb 29, talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, needed to cement a broader peace deal, are slated to start March 10.

Stand down

In Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, which is seen as the Taliban’s heartland, one insurgent told AFP he had received orders to stand down.

However another Taliban commander based in Kandahar, Hafiz Saeed Hedayat, said he had only been ordered to refrain from attacking major cities and highways.

“This means maybe the violence will continue in the districts,” Hedayat said.

Taliban expert Rahimullah Yusufzai said the move signalled a wider change in thinking for both the Taliban and the US after years of fighting.

“Both sides have shown their commitment to sign the peace deal, and it’s a big development — a significant one,” he said.

The US and the Taliban have been tantalisingly close to a deal before, only to see President Donald Trump nix it at the eleventh hour in September amid continued insurgent violence.

Any truce comes fraught with danger, and analysts warn the attempt to stem Afghanistan’s bloodshed is laced with complications and could fail at any time.

Worse still, they say warring parties could exploit a lull to reconfigure their forces and secure a battlefield advantage.

The reduction in violence is “still just the first step to get to intra-Afghan negotiations,” Andrew Watkins, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, told AFP.

“Those talks will be a tough road of their own, but are the best avenue to peaceful settlement to Afghanistan’s conflict.”

On Thursday, the deputy leader of the Taliban said the insurgents are “fully committed” to a deal with Washington.

“That we stuck with such turbulent talks with the enemy we have fought bitterly for two decades, even as death rained from the sky, testifies to our commitment to ending the hostilities and bringing peace to our country,” Sirajuddin Haqqani wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times.

Haqqani is also head of the Haqqani network, a US-designated terror group that is one of the most dangerous factions fighting Afghan and US-led Nato forces in Afghanistan.

Since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, America has spent more than US$1 trillion in fighting and rebuilding in Afghanistan.

About 2,400 US soldiers have been killed, along with unknown tens of thousands of Afghan troops, Taliban fighters and Afghan civilians
river.sand
post Feb 21 2020, 10:26 PM

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Habislah... Afghanistan is gonna become Vietnam #2 sweat.gif
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post Feb 21 2020, 10:26 PM

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post Feb 21 2020, 10:28 PM

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so long spreading democracy n freedom to afghan
now afghan maju or not
Daddy2be
post Feb 21 2020, 10:38 PM

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USA surrendered
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post Feb 21 2020, 10:41 PM

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QUOTE(Daddy2be @ Feb 21 2020, 10:38 PM)
USA surrendered
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Election coming... Wayang a bit.... Don't be serious OK.... Lol
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post Feb 21 2020, 10:42 PM

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QUOTE(Daddy2be @ Feb 21 2020, 10:38 PM)
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No la. victory for usa. USA make a deal so that the army there can be use to face current US enemy, China becoz many predict China going ti have revolution soon. So USA army can help.to protect China citizen.
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QUOTE(danabu @ Feb 21 2020, 10:41 PM)
Election coming... Wayang a bit.... Don't be serious OK.... Lol
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No matter who wins the election the troops are pulling
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post Feb 21 2020, 10:42 PM

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Give up. Mission accomplished.

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post Feb 21 2020, 10:44 PM

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Mcm ending Vietnam war je. Nixon sign peace agreement pas tu withdraw all US forces. Within 2 years, South Vietnam ceased to exist.
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post Feb 21 2020, 10:45 PM

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QUOTE(Daddy2be @ Feb 21 2020, 10:42 PM)
No matter who wins the election the troops are pulling
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Hope so..... I see this type of news many times in my life.... Lol...
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post Feb 21 2020, 10:46 PM

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Why USA make deal with terrorist?
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post Feb 21 2020, 10:48 PM

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QUOTE(danabu @ Feb 21 2020, 10:45 PM)
Hope so..... I see this type of news many times in my life.... Lol...
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911 already passed the average America already hated this war cost money cost lives and almost nothing to show for. They already gotten the oil guarantees when they hand over to Afghan new Gov.

Taliban will rule again after they pull out
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Maybe terrorists got new missions......
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post Feb 21 2020, 10:55 PM

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QUOTE(gogo2 @ Feb 21 2020, 10:46 PM)
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Trump is businessman

He felt that afghanistan war doesnt bring any good business
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Why USA lose in afghanistan...?
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post Feb 22 2020, 11:14 AM

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QUOTE(kamfoo @ Feb 21 2020, 10:58 PM)
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No oil there, only drug farms
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post Feb 22 2020, 11:19 AM

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dont know will end up become like this again or not

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50134430

"Some US troops to stay, says Trump"

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post Feb 22 2020, 11:20 AM

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"First Blood: the 21st century war" will be made by Hollywood in a few years time.
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post Feb 22 2020, 11:22 AM

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this is not the first time

first it was vietnam war IINM

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