Trump’s Afghan bet with the Taliban

The Americans and the Taliban signed a historic agreement on Saturday February 29. The United States and its allies are expected to complete the withdrawal of their troops from Afghanistan within 14 months.

Members of the Taliban delegation on Saturday February 29 in Doha.
Members of the Taliban delegation on Saturday February 29 in Doha. IBRAHEEM AL OMARI / REUTERS

Correspondent in Washington

If the signing of an agreement between the Americans and the Taliban, this Saturday February 29 in Doha, does not end the longest military intervention in the history of the United States, it represents the first significant step towards a possible solution negotiated: after an initial reduction which would see the number of soldiers drop to 8,600 (thus returning to the level expected at the end of the second mandate of Barack Obama in 2016) within 135 days of the signing of the agreement, the United States and their allies “complete withdrawal of remaining forces from Afghanistan within 14 months“, Specifies the joint declaration of the governments. An exchange of thousands of prisoners is expected to take place between the two sides.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Taliban in Doha to “keep the promise of break with al-Qaeda“. United States “will not hesitate to cancel the agreementIf the Taliban violate it, he said.

The bet remains risky, and the process full

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