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United States Bypasses Afghani Government… Strikes A Deal With The Taliban
President Trump’s deal with the Taliban, also known as the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, was a set of agreements signed on February 29, 2020, between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. The agreement was intended to end the nearly two-decade-long war in Afghanistan and pave the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.
The U.S.-Taliban peace agreement consisted of two main parts: a “withdrawal of foreign forces” and a “comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.” The agreement stipulated that the United States would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within 14 months, provided that the Taliban met certain conditions, such as cutting ties with al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, and participating in intra-Afghan peace talks. The ceasefire, meanwhile, called for an end to hostilities between the Taliban and the Afghan government, and for the Taliban to commit to not using Afghan soil for terrorist activities.
The U.S.-Taliban peace agreement was widely seen as a major step towards ending the war in Afghanistan, which had lasted for nearly two decades and claimed the lives of thousands of American soldiers and countless Afghan civilians. The agreement also marked a significant shift in U.S. policy towards Afghanistan, which had previously focused on defeating the Taliban and building a stable, democratic government.
Critics of the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, however, argued that it gave too much away to the Taliban without getting enough in return. They pointed out that the agreement did not include any guarantees that the Taliban would actually fulfill their commitments, such as cutting ties with al-Qaida or participating in intra-Afghan peace talks. There were also concerns that the U.S. withdrawal would lead to a resurgence of the Taliban and a weakening of the Afghan government, which could lead to a civil war or a takeover by the Taliban.
Another point of critics, was the timing of the deal, it was signed during the presidential campaign, which made some people question the motives of the deal, if was a political move or a strategic plan.
Additionally, the withdrawal of US troops was also questioned, since there was no clear plan of how the Afghan government and security forces will be able to secure the country after the withdrawal, specially since the afghan national army and police are not that well equipped and trained yet.
Despite these criticisms, the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement did result in a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan. But the process of peace talks with the Afghan government wasn’t successful, and the security situation remains complex and uncertain.
As of 2021, it’s not clear if the deal will hold up or will lead to a lasting peace in the region, it all depends on the actions of the Taliban and the ability of the Afghan government to establish stability and security in the country.
Overall, the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement was a significant development in the long-running war in Afghanistan, but it also highlights the complexity of the situation in the country and the challenges of achieving lasting peace.
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