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Trump sees 'good chance' for accord with Taliban by end of month

By Humeyra Pamuk and Jonathan Landay

 

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U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper speaks at a news conference following a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a "good chance" the United States would reach an agreement with the Taliban by the end of February on a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

 

Trump's comments were the latest indication of significant progress in negotiations that the United States and the Taliban have been holding since December in Qatar.

 

"I think we're very close," Trump said on a podcast broadcast on iHeart Radio when asked if a tentative deal had been reached. "I think there's a good chance that we'll have a deal ... We're going to know over the next two weeks."

 

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the talks had achieved "a pretty important breakthrough." Defence Secretary Mark Esper said the sides have been negotiating a proposed seven-day reduction in violence that some lawmakers saw as a test of the Taliban leadership's control of its fighters.

 

Sources had told Reuters a U.S.-Taliban peace deal could be signed this month, a move that would pave the way for a withdrawal from Afghanistan of some 13,000 U.S. troops and thousands of other NATO personnel, 18 years after a U.S.-led coalition invaded following the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

 

The demand to sharply reduce violence has been partly why the talks had been deadlocked, according to a Western diplomat in Kabul.

 

Speaking to reporters travelling with him to Munich, where he will attend a security conference, Pompeo expressed both optimism and caution.

 

"We have made real progress over the last handful of days and the President gave us the authority to continue to have the conversations," Pompeo said, adding: "We are not there yet."

 

"We hope we can get to a place where we can get a significant reduction in violence, not only on a piece of paper but demonstrated ... and if we can get there, if we can hold that posture for a while, then we'll be able to begin the real, serious discussion which is all the Afghans sitting at a table," Pompeo said.

 

He is expected to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Munich, a former senior Afghan official said on Wednesday.

 

Esper, during a press conference in Brussels, said that if the process goes forward there would be continuous evaluation of any violence.

 

The news of a potential agreement comes amid continued attacks by the Taliban, who control about 40% of Afghanistan, according to Afghan defence officials.

 

Last month the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, a U.S. government agency, assessed that there had been a record-high number of attacks by the Taliban and other anti-government forces in the last three months of 2019.

 

Although the Taliban is negotiating with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, it refuses to talk directly to Ghani's government, which it denounces as a puppet of the West.

 

U.S. Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski, who has expressed deep reservations about the talks with the Taliban, said he viewed the proposal of a reduction in violence as a test of the Taliban leadership.

 

"We also need to see whether the Taliban leadership conducting these negotiations actually can control what their forces in the field do. And I'm glad to see that intra-Afghan talks are supposed to start if this test is passed," he told Reuters.

 

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Jonathan Landay; Additional reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Catherine Evans, Jonathan Oatis and Daniel Wallis)

 

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2 hours ago, Tug said:

I see total surrender cut and run leaving all the people who helped us left to be slaughtered but don’t worry trump will call it a win

 

So you would rather American soldiers stayed there indefinitely, assuring many thousands more American troop deaths????????????????????????????????

 

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Yep, strike a deal with terrorists and leave them to stew in the middle ages with their potty religion and their 12 year old wives.

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1 hour ago, soalbundy said:

Yes, Trump has a fine reputation when it comes to honour and decency.

Like North Korea, Iraq, Middle east ...............................................................

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Another "mission accomplished"? This guy is making me sick.

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2 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Lets not forget the USA invaded Afghanistan and bombed it over almost the last 20 years. And then they call this "bringing democracy" to other countries. Yeah, sure.

 

It's good to see you here acknowledging the obscenity of US policy in Afghanistan over the last 20 years.

Why then would you let your irrational hatred of Trump obscure the fact that he is the only American president in the last 40 or more years who has genuinely committed himself to stopping all the bloodshed.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think we have to go back to Carter to find a president who has not been the tool of the military/industrial complex....

 

 

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