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Top US Commander Doubts Afghan Taliban Commitment to Peace
Friday, 13 March 2020 23:42 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

The United States is not ready to abandon its agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan, but the general in charge of U.S. forces in the region says there are signs the deal ultimately may be doomed.

U.S. Central Command™s General Kenneth McKenzie said Thursday that despite a pledge to reduce violence, the frequency of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan remained troubling.

"I would not consider what the Taliban is doing as consistent with any path to going forward to come to a final end state agreement with the current government of Afghanistan, McKenzie told U.S. lawmakers.

"The attacks are largely generated against Afghanistan outposts, checkpoints and isolated combat units," he said.

"That level of attack by the Taliban is not consistent with an organization that intends to keep its word going forward."

The deal signed by the United States and the Afghan Taliban in Doha in February requires all U.S. and coalition forces to leave Afghanistan in the next 14 months.

U.S. military officials said the first American forces began leaving this week, part of an effort to reduce the total number of troops in the country from about 13,000 to 8,600 in the next 135 days.

Source : VOA

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