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Trump Reportedly Wants To Withdraw All US Troops From Afghanistan By The Next Presidential Election
President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the 2020 presidential election, NBC News reported on Wednesday.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan, is attempting to accelerate peace negotiations with the Taliban because top government officials believe Trump will soon end the U.S. military’s role there, according to NBC, which cited unnamed current and former U.S. officials.
As of Wednesday, the U.S. troops in Afghanistan have not been provided a time line for much longer their mission will last, said Army Maj. Bariki Mallya, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support.
But that could change.
“Both the State Department and the Defense Department are acting like a drawdown is going to come sooner rather than later,” Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Task & Purpose.
Since the Taliban are only interested in evicting the U.S. from Afghanistan so they can reconquer the entire country, the war has been decided in their favor, Joscelyn said.
“We lost,” he said. “They won. This means that we lost the original 9/11 war. The negotiations are desperate, trying to save some face on the way to give us the appearance of leaving without losing, but the reality is that it is a loss.”
In this June 16, 2018 photo, Taliban fighters greet residents in the Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.Associated Press photo/Rahmat Gul.
To underscore his point, Joscelyn pointed to the Taliban’s response to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s most recent offer for peace talks, in which they claim that any talks with the Afghan government would be “a waste of time.”
The Islamic Emirate, as a representative of the valiant Mujahid Afghan nation and as a sovereign entity, is fighting and negotiating with the American invades for the success of Jihad,” the statement from Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says.
For right now, the U.S. military’s mission to Afghanistan has not changed, said Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Koné Faulkner.
“We remain committed to a conditions-based strategy and we stand by the Afghan government as it seeks a political settlement to ending the war. Any follow-on questions on the president's future intentions need to be directed to the White House.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from Task & Purpose.
Defense Secretary James Mattis gave reporters on an optimistic appraisal of the peace process in Afghanistan, saying it is “picking up momentum.”
“We are going to do our level best to protect the Afghan people,” Mattis said. “The largest coalition in modern history to fight a war – under NATO 41 nations – and their devotion is to ending the war and protecting the Afghan people.
“It would be nice if the Taliban would get aligned with the reconciliation efforts and stop murdering their own people. But yeah, we’ll keep at it.”
It sure would be nice to know what the hell is going on in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently claimed the U.S. military had killed more than 1,000 Taliban fighters in little more than a week – because body counts worked so well in Vietnam – and President Donald Trump said during his speech commemorating the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks that the United States had gone on the offensive against the Taliban.
"The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue," Trump said, without elaborating further.
It's clear that Afghanistan is the new hotness, but the only people who aren't talking about how the strategic situation has changed since Trump abruptly ended peace talks with the Taliban via tweet are the U.S. military leaders in charge of actually fighting the war.
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban have sent a delegation to Russia to discuss prospects for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan following the collapse of talks with the United States this month, officials from the insurgent group said.
The move, days after President Donald Trump canceled a planned meeting with Taliban leaders at his Camp David retreat, came as the movement looks to bolster regional support, with visits also planned for China, Iran and Central Asian states.
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