"Making a Deal": US Talking Again to the Taliban

              Saturday, December 7, 2019

              For Thanksgiving US President Trump visited surprisingly Afghanistan and announced the resumption of talks with the Taliban. Now, according to a US source these have begun. The main objective: to reduce violence after the recent attacks.
              The US has resumed negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar, according to US sources. The talks had continued in Doha, the focus was on reducing violence with the goal of intra-Afghan negotiations and a ceasefire, said the US source. US President Donald Trump declared the peace negotiations "dead" in September following a series of Taliban attacks in Afghanistan. A few days ago, the US State Department announced that the negotiations should be resumed soon. Previously, Trump had announced during a troop visit to Afghanistan, a resumption of talks. The Taliban wanted to "make a deal." Trump wants an end to the 18-year civil war in Afghanistan – also to be able to show for the election year 2020, a foreign policy success. The US entered Afghanistan in 2001 after the September 11 attacks to fight Al Qaeda's terrorist network. At present, around 13,000 US soldiers are still stationed in the country. The Taliban, who regard the government in Kabul as a puppet of the USA, have so far rejected a ceasefire. Again and again in Afghanistan deadly attacks are committed.

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