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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #60 - Feb 14th, 2019 at 10:17am
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U.S. Vows ‘No Unilateral’ Troop Reduction In Afghanistan

U.S. acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said that any potential U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would be “coordinated” with other NATO members.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting on February 14 in Brussels with NATO defense ministers, Shanahan said "there will be no unilateral troop reduction" from Afghanistan...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #61 - Feb 18th, 2019 at 11:20am
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The Afghan Government Is Missing From Afghanistan’s Peace Process

Can a peace process work if it excludes the government of the country in conflict? We may be finding out.

At present, there are two distinct efforts under way to bring peace in Afghanistan: In one, Zalmay Khalilzad, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, has held several discussions with Taliban leaders. In the other, a meeting in Moscow this month brought together influential Afghans, including former President Hamid Karzai, and Taliban leaders. Conspicuously missing from both? The Afghan government...

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Our negotiations re: Afghanistan seem to presume that the Afghan government we created won't survive our absence.
  
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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #62 - Feb 21st, 2019 at 10:27am
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Is the Taliban Making a Pledge It Cannot Keep?

In Doha in late January, the United States and the Afghan Taliban agreed in principle to the contours of a peace deal. Under its terms, the Taliban would guarantee that Afghan territory will never be used by terrorists. The concession is critical to the United States, but while some commentators have heralded the Taliban’s promise as a major breakthrough, analysts have noted that the group has made, and failed to keep, similar assurances in the past. Questions remain about whether the Taliban is genuinely willing to break with al Qaeda—the very prospect at which the group balked back in 2001, prompting the United States to invade...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #63 - Feb 21st, 2019 at 2:10pm
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Gotta keep a war going somewhere...

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US officials warn ISIS' Afghanistan branch poses a major threat

Washington (CNN)ISIS' Afghanistan-based affiliate has emerged as a major threat capable of carrying out direct attacks on the US and is actively using its members' social media to acquire contacts in the United States, a US intelligence official in Afghanistan tells CNN...

"They are closest to having the capacity to attack the homeland from Afghanistan," the official said, saying the US believes ISIS is gathering this social media information to determine whom they can use and whom they could exploit in potential future attacks on the US.

"They represent a very sophisticated and dangerous threat that we have to stay focused on," Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of US Central Command, told reporters Tuesday while on a visit to Afghanistan...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #64 - Feb 22nd, 2019 at 2:01pm
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U.S. Ends Airstrikes Against Taliban Opium Labs

What Happened: The United States has ended its anti-narcotics airstrike campaign in Afghanistan to curb the Taliban's ability to raise revenue by taxing opium production, Time reported Feb. 21.

Why It Matters: Although the U.S. Defense Department canceled the campaign, it is continuing other combat operations against the Taliban even as it conducts talks with representatives of the group to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. The decision also highlights the importance of opium production as a source of revenue for the Taliban, which opposed cultivation of the crop during their rule from 1996 to 2001.

Background: The airstrike operation began in November 2017 and involved bombing rudimentary opium laboratories. However, the United States drastically scaled back its operations and conducted only two strikes in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #65 - Feb 26th, 2019 at 12:10pm
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U.S. and Taliban Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

KABUL, Afghanistan — The highest-level negotiations yet between American diplomats and the Taliban began in Qatar’s capital on Monday, with the presence of the Afghan insurgents’ deputy leader raising hope of progress toward ending the long conflict that is taking lives in record numbers.

The latest round of talks to take place in Doha since President Trump ordered direct negotiations with the Taliban last summer will focus on fleshing out the details of a framework agreement in principle both sides say they reached last month, Western and Taliban officials said...

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36 Hours with the Taliban

...It’s not often as a western journalist that you find yourself on the opposing side of America’s war. Since the invasion of Afghanistan by US-led forces 17 years ago, the Taliban’s world has been shrouded in secrecy and largely inaccessible to outsiders -- until now.

After months of negotiations, the Taliban’s leadership granted extremely rare access and protection in an area under its control to Afghan filmmaker Najibullah Quraishi and a female CNN team.

Our 36 hours with them provided an extraordinary window into a desolate world frozen in time. We found few indications that the militant group’s insular and austere ideology has changed. At times, as foreign women, our presence was incredibly uncomfortable. But, as peace talks in Qatar with the US gather momentum, the Taliban believes that victory is within its grasp and, perhaps as a result, there are signs the group is showing greater pragmatism...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #66 - Feb 27th, 2019 at 1:33pm
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Taliban Says Afghan Peace Talks with US Continue in Qatar

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — The Taliban says negotiations with the United States continued Wednesday in Qatar for a second day amid hopes of making further progress toward ending the conflict in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the insurgent group noted that "technical groups" focused for a day-and-a-half until Wednesday afternoon on the withdrawal of U.S.-led international forces when they took up the issue of the Taliban guarantees to prevent Afghan soil from being used for terrorist attacks against America and its allies...

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Reply #67 - Feb 27th, 2019 at 2:43pm
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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #68 - Mar 1st, 2019 at 2:09pm
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I seriously considered making this its own thread...

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Under Peace Plan, U.S. Military Would Exit Afghanistan Within Five Years

WASHINGTON — All American troops would withdraw from Afghanistan over the next three to five years under a new Pentagon plan being offered in peace negotiations that could lead to a government in Kabul that shares power with the Taliban.

The rest of the international force in Afghanistan would leave at the same time, after having mixed success in stabilizing the country since 2001. The plan is being discussed with European allies and was devised, in part, to appeal to President Trump, who has long expressed skepticism of enduring American roles in wars overseas.

The plan calls for cutting by half, in coming months, the 14,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan. It would task the 8,600 European and other international troops with training the Afghan military — a focus of the NATO mission for more than a decade — and largely shift American operations to counterterrorism strikes...

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A time table for withdrawal?

  
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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #69 - Mar 6th, 2019 at 2:08pm
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Legislation Proposed in US Senate to End Afghan War

ISLAMABAD — Two influential members of the United States Senate have introduced legislation that would end the nearly two-decade long war in Afghanistan. The move comes at a time when U.S. officials are engaged in direct talks with Taliban insurgents to negotiate a draw-down plan and counterterrorism guarantees.

The bill's sponsors, Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Tom Udall, explained in a statement accompanying the 2019 American Forces Going Home After Noble Service (AFGHAN) Act that it would have Washington declare victory in Afghanistan...

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Here's a link to the press release:

https://www.paul.senate.gov/news/sens-paul-and-udall-introduce-legislation-end-w...

Here's a link to the bill:

https://www.scribd.com/document/401129655/The-AFGHAN-Service-Act#from_embed
  
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