U.S., Taliban Sign Deal Meant to End America's Longest War
The U.S. and the Taliban signed a historic deal Saturday meant to end Americaâs longest war and pave the way for Afghan factions to bring 18 years of costly fighting in their country to an end.
To the shouts of âGod is greatâ by Taliban leaders, a co-founder of the insurgent group and a top American diplomat shook hands on a plan that calls for the U.S. to pull all its forces out of Afghanistan over the next 14 months. In exchange, the Taliban pledged to discuss a long-term cease-fire with the Afghan government and to prevent militant groups like al Qaeda from using the country to plan strikes on the Westâas Osama bin Laden did before ordering the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks....
Samantha Beech and Devan Cole wrote: ...The United States conducted an airstrike Wednesday against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan who are accused of attacking an Afghan National Defense and Security Forces checkpoint, according to the US military.
The strike comes hours after a telephone call between President Donald Trump and Taliban chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Tuesday amid reports that the Taliban had resumed violence in Afghanistan days after the US and the Taliban signed a historic agreement in Qatar on Saturday....
excerpt from, "US conducted airstrike on Taliban fighters following attack on Afghan checkpoint"
https://tinyurl.com/trpllap (Lessons from Winston Churchill: Withdrawal from Afghanistan)
Timothy, Winston Churchill more than adequately answered your questionâ
Today's news says the T. will resume their attacks on the Afghan govt. That's faster than what I predicted. All in all, it is still good for us to get out of there, and out of the rest of that area, too. Better to have those troops practicing maneuvers along our southern border.
"Hope for the best- - and expect the worst"âđ
ABC / Reuters wrote: .... Meanwhile, the US President came under sharp criticism for the deal from his former national security adviser, John Bolton, who said in a tweet that "signing this agreement with Taliban is an unacceptable risk to America's civilian population". "This is an Obama-style deal. Legitimising Taliban sends the wrong signal to ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists, and to America's enemies generally," he wrote, referring to former president Barack Obama....
excerpt from, "US, Taliban sign historic troop withdrawal deal in Doha that could end 18-year war"
Hurrah, I say. It is good for the US to get out of there, something that should have been done years ago. We are only propping up a corrupt govt that will become shariah compliant as soon as our troops leave. (Unfortunately, our tax dollars will still be going there to pay the govt, just like we have paid local leaders for their acceptance of us there) But, since this might be seen as a Trump-positive issue, the media will look for ways to make this look bad. I expect to see more stories about Christians or other Muslims being attacked by Muslims within the country; it already happens in Turkey, which is a NATO country. This could be a good lesson about the US foreign policy--do not get involved in Muslim countries, since they hate us with a passion and desire only our destruction, or conversion to their way of life, called Islam (note--this is not a religion, but a way of life). In this light, one of the best things that has ever happened in the US is the development of fracking, which has enabled us to leave our dependence on Middle Eastern, Muslim oil producing countries. Now they no longer 'have us over the barrel' and have to deal with Israel and Iran on their own.
I may be wrong, but that sounds like shaking hands with the Devil. The second you turn around to leave he will stab you in the back. Doesnât sound very good. Why would anyone ever trust an untrustworthy person or group that has proven their guile over and over?
America would be very ignorant if they think that the deep and vast connections of Al Qaeda and the Taliban will suddenly end through a treaty...
Treaties with infidels mean nothing to them, and they have no desire or obligation to keep them. They have been fighting us for 18 years. The networks they have built and grown will never just disappear...