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5000 Taliban Prisoners To Be Released After Peace Deal With US by wwwihy: 4:56pm On Mar 01, 2020
US has signed a peace deal with Afghanistan’s Taliban, a move to end America’s longest-fought war.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief US negotiator in the talks with the Taliban, and Mullah Baradar, Taliban’s chief negotiator signed the agreement in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday.

In the agreement, the Taliban called for the release of 5,000 of its members detained by US and 1,000 “prisoners of the other side” on the first day of intra-Afghan negotiations.

Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, also witnessed the signing of the peace deal, which was done after 18 months of talks.

Both sides have been at war since 2001 when US invaded Afghanistan weeks after the 9/11 attacks in New York by al-Qaeda, the radical group, then based in Afghanistan.

The agreement signed in the presence of leaders from Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, will pave the way for the gradual withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with 8,600 troops withdrawing within the first 135 days.

The peace deal titled “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan” laid out a 14-month plan for the withdrawal of “all military forces of the United States, its allies, and Coalition partners, including all non-diplomatic civilian personnel, private security contractors, trainers, advisors, and supporting services personnel.”

The four-page agreement states that the Taliban will take steps “to prevent any group or individual, including al-Qa’ida, from using the soil of Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States and its allies.”

It also states that the Taliban “will start intra-Afghan negotiations with Afghan sides on March 10, 2020.”

Addressing journalists at the event, Pompeo said the deal is the first major step to ending the war, adding that more work needs to be done.

“This is a hopeful moment, but it’s only the beginning. There’s a great deal of hard work ahead on the diplomatic front,” he said.

“The US will closely watch the Taliban’s compliance with their commitments, and calibrate the pace of our withdrawal to their actions. This is how we will ensure that Afghanistan never again serves as a base for international terrorists.

“If the Taliban do not uphold their commitments, Trump and his team will not hesitate to do what we must do to protect American lives.”

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Re: 5000 Taliban Prisoners To Be Released After Peace Deal With US by money121(m): 5:25pm On Mar 01, 2020
Alrty
Re: 5000 Taliban Prisoners To Be Released After Peace Deal With US by StreetFight: 5:28pm On Mar 01, 2020
Nigeria too I learning from USA how to negotiate with terrorists and swap prisoners
Re: 5000 Taliban Prisoners To Be Released After Peace Deal With US by Mightymanna(m): 10:37pm On Mar 01, 2020
No foreign military has ever won in Afghanistan
From Great Britain to Soviets and Now Americans, all they did is take style and withdraw

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Re: 5000 Taliban Prisoners To Be Released After Peace Deal With US by Nobody: 8:50am On Mar 02, 2020
The problem with this 'Taiwan prisoners' agreement is definitely going to be Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan. He has already said that he will not release 5000 Taliban militants.

He has simply rejected the deal. The news is everywhere right now. And that guy is damn stubborn.
Re: 5000 Taliban Prisoners To Be Released After Peace Deal With US by Efewestern: 11:28am On Mar 02, 2020
Mightymanna:
No foreign military has ever won in Afghanistan
From Great Britain to Soviets and Now Americans, all they did is take style and withdraw

Afghanistan has a natural fortress, similar to what we have in Iran, very suitable for guerilla warfare and defensive battle, you cannot bomb your way to victory in places such as this, you need men on ground.

There's no way they'd have defeated Talibans, I think Trump made a right decision.
Re: 5000 Taliban Prisoners To Be Released After Peace Deal With US by Everrest9(m): 4:00pm On Mar 03, 2020
Nice one... Let peace reign.

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