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US would withdraw 5,000 troops, close bases under draft Taliban peace deal: US envoy
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 02, 2019 03:24PM
Surprise, this would bring the number of troops down to the total in Afghanistan when Trump took office in 2017. In other words...Trump retreats to Obama troop levels of 9000.

(present troop levels=14,000)

US would withdraw 5,000 troops, close bases under draft Taliban peace deal: US envoy
[thehill.com]

The U.S. would reportedly withdraw nearly 5,000 troops from five bases in Afghanistan within five months under a draft peace deal with the Taliban.

The deal, which took months of negotiations, still requires President Trump’s approval, Reuters reports. Afghan President Ashram Ghani has been briefed on the accord and will reportedly look it over in detail before weighing in.

In addition to the troop withdrawal, if the deal is signed the Taliban will not allow militants to use Afghanistan to plan attacks on the United States or its allies, Reuters reports. The agreement also includes a provision for “intra-Afghan” talks to end the clash between the Taliban and Kabul's Western-backed government.

Ghani has met with special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and plans to “study and assess” the specifics of the agreement, according to Reuters.

A spokesman told reporters that "for us, a meaningful peace or a path to a meaningful peace is the end of violence and direct negotiation with the Taliban.”
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Re: US would withdraw 5,000 troops, close bases under draft Taliban peace deal: US envoy
Posted by: btfc
Date: September 02, 2019 10:57PM
Cut and run! Cut and run!
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Re: US would withdraw 5,000 troops, close bases under draft Taliban peace deal: US envoy
Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 03, 2019 10:58AM
Peace with honor!
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