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Peace deal? US to withdraw thousands of US troops for Taliban guarantee of direct negotiations with Kabul

Peace deal? US to withdraw thousands of US troops for Taliban guarantee of direct negotiations with Kabul

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The United States is ready to withdraw a large number of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban guarantees to start direct negotiations with Kabul on ending the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. media reported on August 1. The Washington Post and CNN cited unnamed sources as saying that the number of soldiers would go down from 14,000 to 8,000-9,000 as part of a peace deal to end the conflict. To date, the Taliban has refused to negotiate with the Kabul government, calling it a “puppet regime.” Other measures include a personnel reduction at the U.S. Embassy and cuts in security personnel, CNN reported. Speaking to RFE/RL on July 31, U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said there were four key issues for a comprehensive peace agreement: the withdrawal of foreign troops, a Taliban guarantee to prevent terrorist attacks, intra-Afghan dialogue leading to a political settlement, and a permanent cease-fire. In acknowledging the delicate situation, he…
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