KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban will implement a 10-day ceasefire with U.S. troops, a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha, two sources have said.
If an agreement is sealed, it could revive hopes for a long-term solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
Afghan Maj. Gen. Khanullah Shuja, commander of the 203rd Thunder Corps, Afghan National Army addresses soldiers. (Photo by Master Sgt. Alejandro Licea, 1st Armored Division.)
The U.S.-led effort to train Afghan troops and police over the past two decades has been an abysmal failure for the most part, said John Sopko, the exceptionally frank special inspector general for reconstruction in Afghanistan.
"The Afghan military – and particularly the Afghan police – has been a hopeless nightmare and a disaster," Sopko told lawmakers on Wednesday. "And part of it is because we rotate units through that aren't trained to do the work, and they're gone in six-to-nine months. I don't blame the military, but you can't bring in a Black Hawk pilot to train an Afghan policeman on how to do police work. And that's what we were doing — we're still doing."
Green Berets assigned to 3rd Special Group (Airborne) prepare an exfiltration on August 15, 2019, near Hurlburt Field, FL (Army photo / Spc. Peter Seidler)
A fifth soldier in a case that dates to 2009 has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and receiving stolen government property, officials said Monday.
William Todd Chamberlain, 46, of Raleigh, faces a combined maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release; a $500,000 fine; mandatory restitution; and forfeiture of $40,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
The new military show, 68 Whiskey, from Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment and CBS, bills itself as a dark comedy, and while I'll admit that I did laugh a few times during an early screening of the show, it was never in the way that 68 Whiskey intended.