Trump Notches Another Victory; Creates Path to Leave Afhganistan

It’s not a pretty win, but it’s still a win.

President Trump signed a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, creating a path for U.S. troops to completely leave the country after 18 years of a war without a clear goal. It could take years to draw down all the forces, but at least there’s a framework.

The deal fulfills another one of the President’s campaign promises and was the product of talks that have been on and off for more than a year.

But leaving is not without consequences.

Seth Jones, a former adviser to U.S. special forces in Afghanistan with the Center for Strategic and International Studies thinktank, said:

“A complete withdrawal of U.S. forces raises the possibility that Afghanistan will become another safe haven for terrorist organizations under a Taliban government. The Taliban continue to have a close relationship with al Qaeda.”

Osama bin Laden led al Qaeda, and the Taliban gave him a base of operation and protected him.

The accord signed in Qatar calls for a long-planned initial drawdown to 8,600 U.S. troops from some 13,000. But it ties further decreases to the Taliban doing things they may find difficult, especially cutting decades-old ties with al Qaeda and other militant groups so deep they include inter-marriages.

The deal calls for the Taliban to refrain from terrorist attacks and enter serious negotiations about a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.

Many things could go wrong, but it’s a start.

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  1. michael
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    once we leave the Taliban will take over just like veitnam went we left the north took over but they got lucky is nit that bad there but there Taliban will take over and it will be bad for all of them just remember jusr because Trump want to get credit we left he gave away the country to the Taliban and we not going back than Trump should get credit for failure policy you see

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