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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #120 - Aug 28th, 2019 at 5:16pm
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Afghan Peace Deal in Sight as U.S.-Taliban Talks Hit Final Stage

The U.S. and the Taliban appear close to announcing an agreement to end nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan, which would include a timetable for foreign troop withdrawal and direct discussions between the militants and the local government.

The withdrawal of the U.S. and NATO forces has been the most contentious point in the negotiations. The initial withdrawal is expected to include roughly 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops still stationed in Afghanistan. In return, the Taliban must ensure it does not provide a base from where terrorist groups can carry out attacks against other countries, and to respect the civil and political rights of Afghan citizens.

The ninth round of peace talks began in Qatar on Sunday and are continuing...

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Afghan government expects update soon on US-Taliban peace talks

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s government expects the U.S. envoy negotiating with the Taliban on ending America’s longest war to visit Kabul “in one or two days” to share developments in the talks that continue in Qatar, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday.

Intra-Afghan talks on the country’s political future are meant to follow a U.S.-Taliban deal, and spokesman Sediq Sediqqi warned that if the Taliban continue to reject discussions with the Afghan government “that would be their mistake...”

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #121 - Aug 29th, 2019 at 2:22pm
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Proposed U.S. deal with Taliban uses name of insurgency's former 'emirate'

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is weighing a possible deal with the Taliban that would refer to the insurgents by the name of their former hard-line regime, which Washington has previously rejected as illegitimate, two foreign diplomats and a Taliban source told NBC News...

Taliban sources said the two sides are close to an agreement outlining the withdrawal of U.S. troops and that the insurgency was ready to halt attacks on U.S. forces, though it rejected the idea of a ceasefire with the Afghan government.

Under the proposed deal, the United States would cease military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Taliban would not target U.S. and NATO forces, Taliban sources told NBC News...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., usually a strong supporter of Trump, plans to introduce legislation that would require the U.S. government to certify that the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan was not putting America’s national security at risk.

“There is no substitute for American forces in Afghanistan to protect the American homeland from radical Islam. There will be another 9/11 if we pull the plug,” Graham told Fox News on Tuesday. “If you don't believe me, ask the generals in the intelligence community.”

The senator said he had spoken to the president about the issue and that Trump “understands the need for a counterterrorism force “ to remain in the country to counter al Qaeda and ISIS.

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Khalilzad Edges Closer to Pact With Taliban

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation, is on the verge of an agreement with the Taliban that would pave the way for the withdrawal of some 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan in exchange for guarantees that the war-wracked nation would not be used as a haven for international terrorism, according to diplomatic sources.

Khalilzad will now mount a final push to persuade Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, to accept the agreement ahead of the country’s Sept. 28 presidential election. If a deal is clinched, the United States will hold a signing ceremony with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, before an audience of representatives from key world powers, including from the region, Europe, and possibly China and Russia...

The final pact, which is being translated into Dari and Pashto, will call for the phased withdrawal of some U.S. troops over the next 15 to 18 months—just in time for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. It will include a cease-fire, detail verifiable assurances that the Taliban will not permit terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda or the Islamic State to maintain a toehold in territory under their control, and set a date for intra-Afghan talks in Oslo, Norway. In anticipation of a deal, a team of scholars and diplomats has already arrived in Oslo to prepare the groundwork for the talks.

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #122 - Aug 29th, 2019 at 4:58pm
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., usually a strong supporter of Trump, plans to introduce legislation that would require the U.S. government to certify that the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan was not putting America’s national security at risk.

“There is no substitute for American forces in Afghanistan to protect the American homeland from radical Islam. There will be another 9/11 if we pull the plug,” Graham told Fox News on Tuesday. “If you don't believe me, ask the generals in the intelligence community.”


This mindset is why wars are self-sustaining and why we're still there. The same charge was thrown at anyone who dared talk about leaving "before the job was done." The neocon philosophy may not be the leading one right now but it didn't die with McCain or the GOP's purge of Bush.
  

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #123 - Aug 30th, 2019 at 3:51pm
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Trump: U.S. will maintain presence in Afghanistan even if deal reached with Taliban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday that U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan were being reduced to 8,600 but that American forces would remain in the country even if Washington reaches an agreement with the Taliban to end the 18-year war...

“Oh yeah, you have to keep a presence,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News radio. “We’re going to keep a presence there. We’re reducing that presence very substantially and we’re going to always have a presence. We’re going to have high intelligence.”

Trump said the U.S. force level in Afghanistan was being reduced to 8,600 “and then we make a determination from there as to what happens.” Some 14,000 U.S. service members are currently in Afghanistan, among whom about 5,000 are dedicated to counterinsurgency operations...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #124 - Sep 3rd, 2019 at 3:32pm
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History may not repeat, but it does rhyme...

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Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Senior White House advisers have proposed secretly expanding the C.I.A.’s presence in Afghanistan if international forces begin to withdraw from the country, according to American officials. But C.I.A. and military officials have expressed reservations, prompting a debate in the administration that could complicate negotiations with the Taliban to end the war.

Some administration officials want C.I.A.-backed militia forces in Afghanistan to serve as part of a counterterrorism force that would prevent the resurgence of the Islamic State or Al Qaeda as American military troops prepare to leave — in effect, an insurance policy.

But others are skeptical that the shadowy militias, many of which face accusations of brutality, can serve as a bulwark against terrorism without the support of the American military...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #125 - Sep 5th, 2019 at 1:25pm
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Afghan Peace Deal Stumbles

Pompeo won’t sign. Efforts to broker a peace deal between the Taliban and the U.S. government is running into headwinds in both Kabul and Washington, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly refusing to sign an agreement brokered by the U.S. special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad.

According to a report in Time, Pompeo has refused to put his signature on the “agreement in principle” hammered by out in nine rounds of talks between Khalilzad and Taliban negotiators. The deal would take the first tentative steps toward peace in the war-torn nation, but it doesn’t ensure several crucial things: the continued presence of U.S. counterterrorism forces; the survival of the pro-U.S. Afghan government; or a permanent ceasefire.

Does it matter? It’s not clear that Pompeo’s refusal to sign the agreement is a dealbreaker. Khalilzad himself may sign it, or the United States and the Taliban may simply issue a joint statement, according to Time.

But this “diplomatic sleight of hand” does not address the core concerns current and former officials have raised: that once a withdrawal is underway, it will be irreversible, risking the hard-won progress toward building a stable Afghanistan.

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Secretary of State Pompeo Declines to Sign Risky Afghan Peace Deal

The U.S. is closing in on a deal with the Taliban that is designed to wind down America’s 18-year war in Afghanistan, but the best indication of how risky the pact may be is this: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is declining to sign it, according to senior U.S., Afghan and European officials...

Pompeo’s office declined to comment before publication of this story. After it was published, Pompeo said through a spokesperson that he might sign if Trump and all parties struck a deal. “There is no agreement to sign yet. If and when there is an agreement that is approved by all parties, including President Trump and if the Secretary is the appropriate signatory, he will sign it,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus emailed TIME Wednesday evening.

There are two alternatives. Khalilzad himself may sign it. Or the U.S. and the Taliban may simply issue a joint statement, supported in turn by the U.S.-backed government in Kabul and a number of other countries, including Japan, Russia and China, two Afghan sources familiar with the deliberations tell TIME...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #126 - Sep 8th, 2019 at 2:03pm
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U.S. Deal With Taliban Meets Afghan Resistance as Violence Intensifies

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government is pushing back against American diplomats on the eve of a troop withdrawal deal with the Taliban, concerned that the proposed agreement lacks assurances that the insurgents will honor their promises once American troops leave.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the American special envoy who has finalized “in principle” a deal with the Taliban after nearly a year of negotiations, has met with President Ashraf Ghani and his senior officials in Kabul at least four times over the past few days to seek their support for the deal that is about to be announced, officials say...

But senior officials involved in the discussions with the Americans said that the Afghan government is worried that, as worded, the troop-withdrawal agreement in no way is contingent on progress in the coming Afghan negotiations with the Taliban...

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As potential deal with the Taliban looms, Pompeo says U.S. ‘delivered’ on mission in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States has “delivered” on its mission to oust al-Qaeda from Afghanistan and deter terrorist attacks plotted in the country and neighboring Pakistan.

The top diplomat’s upbeat message came ahead of a potential announcement of a peace deal between the United States and Taliban that has been tested by repeated Taliban bombings and is opposed by President Trump’s national security adviser.

In an interview published Wednesday with the Daily Signal, a news outlet affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation, Pompeo said American forces engaged in the United States’ longest war have been “successful” in achieving their original mission...

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House panel calls for Afghanistan envoy to testify about deal with Taliban, hints at subpoena

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called on President Trump's special envoy to Afghanistan to testify this month on the proposed peace plan with the Taliban.

Engel asked Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation who has served as a top negotiator with the Taliban, to appear before his committee in September. It follows two previous requests earlier this year that Engel said didn't receive responses...

Engel signaled that his patience is running thin and suggested the next step could be a subpoena if Khalilzad doesn't respond...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #127 - Sep 8th, 2019 at 3:20pm
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Trump cancels secret US meeting with Afghan Taliban

US President Donald Trump says he has called off peace negotiations with the Taliban that sought to end America's 18-year war in Afghanistan.

Mr Trump tweeted he had been set to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Taliban leaders on Sunday.

But he cancelled the secret meeting at his Camp David retreat after the militants admitted they were behind a recent attack that killed a US soldier.

The Taliban said Americans will "lose the most" for cancelling.

The talks were due to take place a few days before the anniversary of 9/11...

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Taliban Denounce Trump's Move to Call off Peace Talks, Claim US Will Return to Negotiate

ISLAMABAD - The Afghan Taliban have denounced President Donald Trump’s decision to call off peace talks with the insurgent group, claiming American interlocuters were happy with a deal both sides had negotiated in Doha, and that September 23 had been decided as a date to move to the next step—the start of negotiations with other Afghan factions.

In a Pashto language statement Sunday, the insurgent group also claimed it will not give up its fight and that the U.S. will be forced to return to negotiations eventually.

Trump called off the peace deal with the Taliban in a series of Tweets, blaming “an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people...”

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #128 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 12:14pm
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Trump Declares Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban ‘Dead’

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared on Monday that peace talks with the Taliban were “dead,” but signaled that he would still withdraw United States troops from America’s longest war, following the collapse this weekend of a monthslong effort to ease violence in Afghanistan...

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Pompeo doesn't rule out new Taliban talks

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday did not rule out reopening talks with the Taliban if they make a "significant commitment," after President Donald Trump cancelled a secret meeting with their leaders at his Camp David retreat...

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"Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?" - Donald Trump

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #129 - Sep 10th, 2019 at 12:32pm
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Mojo-Jojo wrote on Jul 22nd, 2019 at 4:43pm:
Trump, being Trump, could easily declare victory and end the occupation without the collective heads of the GOP exploding. It'd be impossible under a Dem (cut 'n run!!!) or traditional Republican but the Trumpster?

He could do it, will he though?

Why continue to stay in a country to fight an unwinnable war?  I agree. Just leave
  

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This is why people need to turn against the gov in general.  Only going to get worse.
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