Official Says US, Taliban Reach Afghan Truce Agreement

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo takes questions from reporters during a flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Germany, Thursday, February 13, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

MUNICH — A senior U.S.official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan.

The official said the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days is “very specific” and covers the entire country including Afghan forces.

The developments come as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met Friday in Munich with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani. They spoke on the sidelines of an international security forum in Munich.

A truce had been widely anticipated, and President Donald Trump has agreed in principle to the deal, which could lead to the start of significant U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials.

The final details were hammered out in recent days by U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar. Khalilzad was in Munich and attended Pompeo and Esper’s meeting as did Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan.

People familiar with the plan’s outlines say it calls for the successful conclusion of the weeklong truce to be followed within 10 days by the start of all-Afghan negotiations to set the road map for the country’s political future.

U.S. officials have brushed aside claims that a Taliban ultimatum forced their hand. And they noted that, despite Trump’s campaign pledge to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and elsewhere, the Republican president has nixed previous deals that appeared close in response to attacks on U.S. forces.

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  1. Really …and we trust what Trump and Pompeo say…. as they also have said they were going to withdraw from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia..etc etc …

    In the end …another false flag contrived bombing will occur ..that kills some American soldiers will occur ..and Donnie will stand up and say ….we will not be driven out of Afgnanistan, …or Syria , or Iraq, or South Korea or Poland, or Greece ..or about 90 other countries of the world!

    However…if they actually withdraw all troops and bases from Afghanistan…then this marks ..another lost war by U.S Neo Con fascist in our Government ..which has only resulted in the deaths of millions of foreign citizebs and civilians beginning in Korea in 1950 to Vietnam, to Yugoslavia, to libya, to Syria , to Iraq, to Afganistan, to Yemen, ..to lebanon ..etc etc ..and now at war with Iran ..to kill another 80 million foreign citizens… all at cost of 10 trillion dollars of our money ..that only serves the business interests of Israel , Saudi Arabia , United KIngdom and of course ..U.S ..Ahepan Robert Menendez and his military contractors!

    Today the Maniacs and degenerates who have been installed in all the Nato countries, including Greece ..prepare to conduct military war games on the borders of Russia …the largest military exercise in decades…and which they call DEFENDER EUROPE 20!

    This is like Russia or China organizing latin American countries like Cuba, Venezuela , or Mexico to conduct war games on

    1. on the borders of America!

      And do you really think Russia .or China ..are stupid..and not aware that WW3 has been going on..since the end of WW 2 by U.S..to dominate the entire world!
      Do you think …that the Nato advance on Russia by making the countries of Europe members of Nato ..in violation of the agreements made by U.S ..not to expand Nato to the borders of Russia ..after the old Soviet union was desolved?

      And do you think that Russia ..is not prepared to toast All Nato Countries who now attempt to provoke a catastrophic destructiom of Europe incited by U.S Anglo White Supremacist …who have proven in Iraq, Vietnam , libya, Afganistan.etc etc. that killing million of people is simply collateral damage to there demented goals and maintaining a WAR ECONOMY!

      The only thing standing in the way ..of Putin ..is the moral question to humanity…that what he can unleach to defend Russia …will end civilization as we know it! Nothing More!

      Just think ..one mistake by Nato forces in there war games ..like shelling, missile launch , or any other military act of war ..which accidentally winds up in Russian territroy..or how about the opportunity for some foreign benificiary of war between Russia and US ..like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, or U.S C.I.A ..doing what they have done in Syria, Iraq, etc etc…detonating a bomb on Russia soil to incite a military response from Russia!

      And society remains silent ..because there voice has been stolen by TNH

  2. Pathetic Americans. Americans are no different to Islamists. The Solution for Afghanistan one Nuke droped on Kabul and one Nuke dropped on Islamabad. Problem solved.

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