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Winter is coming in Afghanistan but will it bring peace?

20 7 31

Imran Jan |

The Taliban’s unchanged demand has been for the foreign occupation forces to leave. Late last year, Trump announced reducing the 14,000 American forces in Afghanistan by half, days after the meeting between the Taliban and US officials in Abu Dhabi. Trump’s announcement earned an announcement from the Taliban agreeing to eventually talk to the Kabul government after reaching an agreement with the US.

But later, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said, “We have made it clear to all stakeholders that we will not talk to the Afghan government yet [sic].” That word “yet” is new. It prompted the White House to issue the statement that troop withdrawal hasn’t been ordered yet. “Yet” for “Yet”.

Trump ‘plausible deniability’, which is what he needs for re-election. His motivation is only to claim in his trash talk laden Presidential debate not too far from today, that he fulfilled the promises he made.

There are those who are tellingly upset with ending wars. Defence Secretary James Mattis has resigned in protest against his boss’s decision to withdraw all troops from Syria. Mattis can be described as a hawkish war criminal. Nicknamed “Mad Dog........

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