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U.S. reports progress in Taliban talks

by Kent Covington
Posted 1/29/19, 10:40 am

Negotiators for the United States and the Taliban have reached “agreements in principle” for a peace deal that could end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said. He announced the draft agreement Monday following six days of talks last week with the Taliban in Qatar. U.S. conditions for a peace deal included Taliban guarantees that Afghan territory would not be used as a “platform for international terrorist groups or individuals.”

Khalilzad said the deal could lead to a full pullout of U.S. troops in return for a cease-fire and direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. “There is a lot more work to be done before we can say we have succeeded in our efforts, but I believe for the first time I can say that we have made significant progress,” he said. The Taliban have been staging near-daily attacks against Afghan forces and have so far refused to deal directly with the U.S.-supported Afghan government.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 01/29/2019 07:50 pm

    Are we prepared to accept Taliban assurances/guarantees about ANTHING?  

    Maybe I’m just too cynical. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 01/29/2019 09:43 pm

    The SECOND the last US soldier's boot leaves Afghanistan they will begin to kill their enemies and establish an ironclad grip on every aspect of society.