The United States and Taliban signed a peace deal Saturday in Qatar aimed at bringing an end to the war in Afghanistan.
When candidate Donald Trump was running for president back in 2015 and 2016, one of his promises was that he would seek to end the myriad wars the United States was mired fighting in the Middle East. Three years later and what do we see? We see ISIS decimated and all the land they once controlled wrested from their grip. We see an end the of participation of the United States in the civil war in Syria, and today we see a monumental step towards peace in Afghanistan with a treaty signed between the US and Taliban forces.
If this had been a Democrat president that negotiated this deal, the fake news media would be trumpeting this headline on all their outlets around the clock this weekend. But because it was a Republican who did it, Trump, the only place you will hear about it is the NY Post and NTEB. Even Fox News at this moment does not have the story anywhere on their homepage.
Congratulations, Mr. President, for continuing to do what you said you were going to do, America is indeed winning at levels I personally have not seen since Ronald Reagan.
US and Taliban sign historic peace deal to end 18-year war
FROM THE NY POST: The agreement sets the stage for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan more than 18 years after President George W. Bush ordered bombing in response to the 9/11 attacks. The US has spent more than $750 billion fighting the war, which has cost tens of thousands of lives on all sides.
The historic deal was signed in Doha, Qatar, by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on hand to witness the ceremony.
“Today is a monumental day for Afghanistan,” the US Embassy in Kabul said on Twitter. “It is about making peace and crafting a common brighter future. We stand with Afghanistan.”
In the Afghan capital of Kabul, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will sign a declaration “recommitting the international community’s commitment to Afghanistan,” said Sediq Sediqqui, spokesman for Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani.
Under the deal, US troops will be reduced to 8,600 from about 13,000 in the upcoming weeks. Further reductions will depend on the Taliban reaching specific counter-terrorism conditions. Part of the agreement included a promise from the Taliban not to let extremists use the country as a staging ground for attacking the US or its allies.
President Trump is aiming to fulfill his promise to bring troops home from the Middle East as his re-election campaign ramps up.
US officials are hesitant to trust the militant group, but hours before the deal, the Taliban ordered all its fighters in Afghanistan “to refrain from any kind of attack … for the happiness of the nation,” Reuters reported.
The deal sets the stage for peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which have been battling for decades. Prospects remain uncertain for the Taliban and Afghan government to reach an agreement. The government is under scrutiny after a contested election saw Ghani named president earlier this month, five months after the vote. READ MORE
US, Afghan Taliban Sign Peace Deal
Trump Pledges to End Wars in Afghanistan and Syria
President Donald Trump pledged to bring home U.S. troops from Syria with Islamic State nearly defeated and to negotiate an exit from Afghanistan after almost two decades of war, saying in his State of the Union address that “great nations do not fight endless wars.” February 5, 2019
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