Taliban and US in Talks for Peace

The US wants to talk to Taliban and come to any mutual agreement which will be implemented but according to Trump, none of the meetings have been fruitful.

U.S and Taliban have been in talks to close a deal regarding the 18-year war. The deal is to be closed on mutually agreed terms and negotiations. The negotiators have conducted about nine rounds of talks but no deal has been closed yet. All the talks have been happening in Doha, Qatar.

Trump said:

“We’re going to keep a presence there. We’re reducing that presence very substantially and we’re going to always have a presence and we’re going to have high intelligence,”

Some U.S officials do not trust the Talibans and that they could be misleading. They could potentially be hiding Al-Qaeda. Even if there is a deal to withdraw U.S troops, they would still be monitored. According to the officials, this deal will not be based upon trust hence, they will still be keeping a check. They are not ready to trust them. This is why Trump has said that they will still have a presence there as it needs to be kept in check.

Republican Representative Michael Waltz, a former Green Beret officer who commanded U.S. special forces in Afghanistan told Reuters that:

“Even if you believe Taliban assurances [of] denying safe haven to Al-Qaeda, I don’t see how they even have the capability to do so,”

The combat mission was formally ended by the U.S in 2014 but there are still a lot of troops in Afghanistan. They could be anywhere around 14,000 troops that are there, mainly to train and advise the officials and government forces regarding battling terrorist groups. They also sometimes carry out counter-terrorism operations if need be.

At least 15 members of the U.S. military have been killed in action in Afghanistan this year. It’s not sure when they will be able to close the deal.

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