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Taliban peace deal-US begins withdrawing troops

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

10th Mar, 2020. 10:56 am
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Taliban-US peace deal-US begins withdrawing troops

The US has finally started working on a peace deal signed with the Taliban. The US has begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan to maintain peace.

The US has decided to decrease its troops to 8,600 from 12,000 within 135 days of the deal.

The deal signed between the US and Taliban included a condition that troops will be called back.

The Afghan government is likely to negotiate with the Taliban although it did not involve in the deal.

Note that Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani had said he would not keep on the agreement to release Afghan prisoners presented as a pre-condition for direct negotiations with the militant group.

However, over 1,000 Taliban prisoners are likely to be released this week as the president will issue a decree.

Col Sonny Leggett, a spokesperson for the US in Afghanistan, declared the first phase of American withdrawal.

COL Leggett announced in a statement that the US retains  “all the military means and authorities to accomplish our objectives”

The US and its Nato allies announced that all their troops will be within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal.

Taliban are likely to resume attacks against government forces after the US signed a peace agreement with the US.

They had experienced a “reduction in violence” in a week before the deal was signed.

Taliban’s spokesperson urged that further negotiations will not be held if the government will not release 5,000 Taliban prisoners.

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani informed the local news that his government had agreed to no release formed part of the agreement.

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