The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe, Pamela Constable, and John Hudson report that the Trump administration is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan in exchange for concessions from the Taliban, including a cease-fire and a renunciation of al-Qaeda, as part of an initial deal to end the nearly 18-year-old war, U.S. officials say.

The agreement, which would require the Taliban to begin negotiating a larger peace deal directly with the Afghan government, could cut the number of American troops in the country from roughly 14,000 to between 8,000 and 9,000, the officials said. That number would be nearly the same as when Donald Trump took office.

The plan has taken shape after months of negotiations between the Taliban and Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born American diplomat who was appointed by the Trump administration last year to jump-start talks. Officials said an agreement could be finalized ahead of the Afghan presidential election in September, though they cautioned that Taliban leaders could delay and that significant challenges remain.

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  1. Hmmm oh dear something is going on here. Maybe after a spot of RnR the canon fodder will then be transferred to the next front…Iran? The rhetoric pouring from Pompeo at the moment concerning Hezbollah in Venezuela aided by Iran is yet another attempt at trying sway the brain dead masses that Iran is a threat to the USA and the so called free world and therefore must be stopped. Sorry for my cynical response to what should be a joyous moment of celebration but history has all but eroded any confidence of the US ever going down the path of a peaceful unified co existence with the rest of the world including its perceived enemies. Not with the zionists pulling the puppet strings anyway.

  2. Well at least that’s a start. A renunciation of al-Qaeda should be pretty easy since it doesn’t really exist except in the fevered minds of Neocons as their ultimate conspiracy theory.

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