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US recalls Zalmay Khalilzad, vows to keep troops in Afghanistan

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  1. Kabira

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    WASHINGTON: The chief Taliban negotiator has been recalled to Washington and the US is not withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, announced the Trump administration on Monday amid threats by the Taliban to inflict more losses.

    However, there was also an indication from the US government that the process of reconciliation with the Taliban would continue.

    On Saturday, US President Donald Trump revealed that senior Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani were coming to the Camp David presidential retreat on Sunday over a draft deal that would see the US withdraw thousands of troops and wind down its longest-ever war.

    In a tweet that took Washington by surprise, Trump also announced that he had called off the planned secret meeting because of Thursday’s Taliban attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier.

    Signs are process of reconciliation will continue

    In a series of television interviews by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the abrupt cancellation of talks, he told NBC News “so, for the time being, that’s absolutely the case. We’ve recalled Khalilzad back to Washington”, when asked if talks with the Taliban were completely off.

    Special US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad had spent a year negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban. Last week, both Taliban and Khalilzad indicated that the deal was almost final and could soon be signed into a legal document.

    Asked by Fox News if the talks were “now dead” and what it might take to restart them, Pompeo said “for the time being they are” dead and “if the other team commits an act that’s inconsistent with that, President Trump is not going to take that deal. He’s not going to take a bad deal.”

    However, Pompeo also told CNN that Khalilzad and his team “made real progress” in Doha but now the Trump administration wanted to see if Taliban leaders were serious about the commitments they made in these months-long talks. “We have to see them be able to deliver it. We have to have proof that it’s delivered,” he said. “And when we get to that point … I am confident President Trump will continue the process of [reconciliation].”

    The Taliban also indicated that the talks were going well and they were on the verge of signing an agreement. They said the US negotiating team was “happy with the progress made so far” in Doha and the talks were held “in a good atmosphere”. Both sides were preparing for “the announcement and the signing of the agreement”, their statement had said.

    In his interview to Fox News, Pompeo said that the US and Taliban negotiators had been working for months for a peace and reconciliation deal. “But in the end, the Taliban overreached. They forgot that America is always going to protect its interests,” he said.

    President Trump, Pompeo said, was focused on two main objectives: reduction of risk and cost levels for America and peace and stability in Afghanistan. “If they [Taliban] don’t deliver on the commitments that they’ve made to us now for weeks and in some cases months, the president of the United States is not going to reduce the pressure, we’re not going to reduce our support for the Afghan Security Forces that have fought so hard there.”

    Asked if the US would keep all 14,000 troops still in Afghanistan or reduce them to 8,600 as announced last week, Pompeo said: “We’re going to have to take a good look at that …We want to make sure always we have the right number of forces.”

    Taliban’s threats

    Responding to Trump’s decision to cancel the peace talks, the Taliban said it was an “anti-peace” move. “Now that US President Trump has announced the suspension of negotiations ... this would not harm anyone else but the Americans themselves,” the group said in a statement on Sunday.

    The Taliban said it would “lead to more losses for the US”, “harm [its] credibility” and “show their anti- peace stance in [a] more clear way”.

    Queried by CBS regarding the incongruity of inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David days before the anniversary of Sept 11 attacks, Pompeo responded: “We know the history of Camp David. It’s where peace has been negotiated many, many times. And sadly, you often have to deal with some pretty bad characters to get peace.”

    Pompeo said that before they were invited to Camp David, Taliban leaders had agreed to reduce violence, sever their links to Al Qaeda and hold talks with the Afghan government.

    He assured the American public that US commanders in Afghanistan had all the authority they need to protect American forces and to prevent attacks on the homeland. “So, we’re still at this hard. We’ve been taking it to the Taliban this well, over a thousand Taliban killed in just the last 10 days alone.” “Our struggle for the past 18 years ... will continue until the foreign occupation is finished and the Afghans are given a chance to live by their own choice.”

    Pakistan’s statement

    AFP adds: Islamabad, meanwhile, urged both sides to “re-engage to find [a] negotiated peace from the ongoing political settlement process”. “Pakistan looks for optimised engagement following [the] earliest resumption of talks,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2019
     
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    Looks like this Pakistani hater afghani now on payroll of US made terrible impression. It looked like deal was almost done and Tali's started celebrating months in advance. Now US will send one their own to negotiate.
     
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    I hope we don't see more bloodshed in Afghanistan .
     
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    They want this.. Let them sacrificing their lifes
     
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    I think it's high time Pakistan, China & Russia put their foot down and tell mister "i can kill 10 million people" that:
    1. NO YOU CAN'T and
    2. WE DON'T WANT YOU ON OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
    3. Either get out willingly (and take your isis with you) or we'll force you out!
     
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    That the one certainty in all this.
    I hope PAA and PAF are ready to pound any launchpad across the border.
     
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    That's exactly what's going to happen if they overstay and flaunt isis mercenaries.
    Just like Syria
     
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    Trump's impulsiveness is starting to make it look like this might turn into a unilateral withdrawal at some point, which would offer the US a clean break. After having reached the end of the talks, both sides should be aware of where they stand on most matters. At the same time, it could have easily been political delaying tactics to keep the US in Afghanistan as long as possible.

    In the current environment, the latter would be the most likely scenario. It's all up in the air, and that is likely how Trump wants it.
     
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    nice times ahead there will be so much fun :D
     
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    A great mistake from the US policy makers if they can't make a deal with the Taliban!!! It's almost like inviting the real adversaries of the USA into the fray!!!
     
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    Trump has been o find a solution of afg before elections to win it and peace deal is only quick solution military ops going for near 2 decades and still over half of afg out of control with 2+ trillion $ expense and 1000s of American dead

    If Democrats win in next election then Hilary from start wanted to make the deal :)
     
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    Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia are not going to miss out on this opportunity now. The US was given a sincere chance, but they squandered it. Not our problem.

    Imran Khan has a lot to learn. Imran put a lot of faith in US offer for talks. He got backstabbed. This is how his efforts are being appreciated. Western "allies" aren't sincere. I am sure he has now learnt his lesson the hard way. Sincerity often gets rewarded in realpolitik.

    Pakistan should not invest any energy in failure talks. The US is not ready for peace because it is internally divided.

    Focus on CPEC. Focus on domestic issues such as economy, catching crooks and establishing rule of law. Focus on important issues. Afghanistan is not important for Pakistan. Pakistan is important for Pakistan. Why should Pakistan bleed and waste time for something that can never be fixed?

    Unavoidable.
     
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    The USA has been really quite on taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan because they want the deal .
    Trumo has worked hard on this deal and banked on it . This sudden change of heart means 2 things .
    One that pentagon doesn't want to leave Afghanistan yet and want to stay . And they would not let trump pull them out . They are keeping eyes on 4 countries they hate through Afghanistan and they cannot shun that.
    2nly the afghans and indians are having a field day . Their huge efforts of writing daily articles in big newspapers finally paid off . Where afghan women's are asking for their rights and would the aid continue and like America must not leave us to taliban and stuff etc .
    These are so illogical that one cannot imagine . The taliban are ready for a power sharing . That in itself Mean that they would allow schools and stuff .
    This ashraf ghani might have a seat again but the bastard didn't bring peace to his country .
    How would they fight the enemy that controls 70 percent of the land .
    Now once again you see pressure mounting on Pakistan to kill the taliban and all the blame of their failures on Pakistan .
    I hope we have plan B . And those making the deal must know that their plan can also fail.
    We need to close our border. Tell the taliban we would always support you but please Now is the time to find refuge in Afghanistan or Iran or some other country and vacate Pakistan . Neither embarrass us not themselves and go take kabul by forces . Only then us would leave if you burn everything
     
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    Afghanistan has no future. It will always be playing war games for an eternity.

    The world cannot a lay a finger on Pakistan. We went along with Trump's peace talks. We facilitated it to the best of our abilities. The world knows who ended the peace talks through Twitter.

    Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the future. Whatever happens in Afghanistan is the sole responsibility of the US and her NATO allies.

    Pakistan should now continue to completely seal off the border with Afghanistan. It should think about repatriating Afghans. It should only focus on domestic issues because we have many challanges. Afghanistan is a distraction. Let the Americans deal with it.
     
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    Taliban warns of more US losses in Afghanistan after Trump calls off peace talks
    Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly
    09 September 2019
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    The Taliban militant group in Afghanistan has warned that US President Donald Trump’s decision to call off peace talks with the group will lead to more US losses in the Central Asian country.

    “As [the] president of the United States has announced [the] suspension of negotiations … this will harm America more than anyone else. It will damage its [the US’s] reputation, unmask its anti-peace policy to the world even more, increase its loss of life and assets and present its political interactions as erratic,” said the group in an 8 September statement.

    The previous day Trump had announced via Twitter the abrupt cancellation of peace talks with Taliban representatives after the group claimed responsibility for a 5 September car bomb attack in Kabul that killed a US soldier and 11 other people.

    there are no Taliban sanctuaries along the Pakistan - Afghanistan border. everything is now inside Afghanistan.