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Official says US, Taliban reach Afghanistan truce agreement

MATTHEW LEE and KATHY GANNON

February 14, 2020



MUNICH (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan.

The official said the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days is “very specific” and covers the entire country, including Afghan government forces. There were indications a formal announcement could come as early as the weekend.

The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Taliban had committed to a halt in roadside and suicide bombings as well as rocket attacks. The official said the U.S. would monitor the truce and determine if there were any violations.

Should the Taliban comply, the “reduction in violence” agreement would be followed by the signing of an agreement that would initiate peace negotiations that include all Afghan sides.

A Taliban official familiar with the deal said the second agreement would be signed on Feb. 29 and that the inter-Afghan dialogue would begin on Mar. 10. The officials said Germany and Norway have offered to host the talks but there has been no decision on the venue.

That Taliban official added that the withdrawal of foreign troops would start gradually and would be phased over 18 months.

President Donald Trump previously called off the peace talks because of an attack that killed two Americans.

U.S. officials have not publicly spelled out their timetable for an initial drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but the expectation is that a reduction from the current total of about 12,000 to approximately 8,600 will begin after the signing of a U.S.-Taliban deal. That initial reduction is likely to stretch out over a period of weeks or months.

A senior U.S. military officer told a small group of reporters Thursday that U.S. counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan against ISIS and al-Qaida will continue, separate from a truce agreement. The official spoke to a small group of American reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive aspects of military operations ahead of an expected announcement of a U.S.-Taliban deal.

The new developments came as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met Friday in Munich with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani. They spoke on the sidelines of an international security forum in Munich.

A truce had been widely anticipated, and Trump agreed in principle to the deal, according to U.S. officials.

The final details were hammered out in recent days by U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar. Khalilzad was in Munich and attended Pompeo and Esper's meeting as did Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan.

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Gannon reported from Islamabad. AP National Security Writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-esper-meet-afghan-president-153606581.html

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Re: THIS IS A BIG STORY....US, TALIBAN REACH AFGHANISTAN TRUCE AGREEMENT
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 02:26:52 PM »
We'll see. Lord knows we have been there too long.

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Re: THIS IS A BIG STORY....US, TALIBAN REACH AFGHANISTAN TRUCE AGREEMENT
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 03:24:35 PM »
We'll see. Lord knows we have been there too long.

If it can be done Trump will get it done. (He's unconventional...and does not follow the normal bureaucratic stream. Of course, this is what's caused him problems and challenges. Also, it's what I like about Trump... You folk don't get it. This is what's made Trump the enemy of the established Washington bureaucracy.)

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Re: THIS IS A BIG STORY....US, TALIBAN REACH AFGHANISTAN TRUCE AGREEMENT
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 03:54:59 PM »
As long as this is going on , there will be no peace

A senior U.S. military officer told a small group of reporters Thursday that U.S. counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan against ISIS and al-Qaida will continue, separate from a truce agreement. The official spoke to a small group of American reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive aspects of military operations ahead of an expected announcement of a U.S.-Taliban deal.

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Re: THIS IS A BIG STORY....US, TALIBAN REACH AFGHANISTAN TRUCE AGREEMENT
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 04:20:22 PM »
It's a PIECE agreement-- the Taliban will own every piece of Afghanistan -- 

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Re: THIS IS A BIG STORY....US, TALIBAN REACH AFGHANISTAN TRUCE AGREEMENT
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 04:31:00 PM »
And what is even more terrible the Afgan Army who supposed to be our friends are shooting our GI's too.

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Re: THIS IS A BIG STORY....US, TALIBAN REACH AFGHANISTAN TRUCE AGREEMENT
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 06:29:50 PM »
It's a PIECE agreement-- the Taliban will own every piece of Afghanistan --

They will close all the poppy fields.  The price of heroin is going to skyrocket.
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Re: THIS IS A BIG STORY....US, TALIBAN REACH AFGHANISTAN TRUCE AGREEMENT
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 11:04:45 AM »
We'll see. Lord knows we have been there too long.
We will see!! I agree, we have been there too long.
Do all the right things for the all the right reasons.Damn the consequences.

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Re: THIS IS A BIG STORY....US, TALIBAN REACH AFGHANISTAN TRUCE AGREEMENT
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2020, 11:19:53 AM »
We'll see. Lord knows we have been there too long.

If it can be done Trump will get it done. (He's unconventional...and does not follow the normal bureaucratic stream. Of course, this is what's caused him problems and challenges. Also, it's what I like about Trump... You folk don't get it. This is what's made Trump the enemy of the established Washington bureaucracy.)
Also, it's what I like about Trump... . .
So you would have wanted a combat "Point Man" with trumPIG's character? Well vet. maybe that's the primary reason you failed in the military. You selected a white soldier New Yorker, like trumPIG to lead your men and your good men were destroyed.
Do all the right things for the all the right reasons.Damn the consequences.

 

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