Top US Envoy Says Peace Deal With Taliban Agreed

Top US Envoy Says Peace Deal With Taliban Agreed

Green Village is separate from the nearby Green Zone, a walled-off and heavily fortified part of Kabul that is home to several embassies, including the USA and British missions.

On Tuesday, several former USA ambassadors to Afghanistan warned in a joint statement published by the Atlantic Council that "it is not clear whether peace is possible", saying the Taliban have "made it clear that the war will go on against the Afghan government".

At least 16 people were killed, with more than 100 wounded. Others threw rocks and Molotov cocktails over the walls.

Afghan security forces pushed back Taliban fighters from both cities, but a suicide bomber detonated his explosives on Monday in Kunduz, killing at least six policemen and wounding 15, officials and the Taliban said.

Taliban and USA negotiators had reached a peace deal in Doha over the weekend.

According to the BBC, the Taliban control more of USA -occupied Afghanistan in 2019 than ever before.

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Injured men receive treatment at the hospital after a blast in Kabul Afghanistan on Sept. 3 2019

A full USA troop withdrawal that moves too quickly and without requiring the Taliban to meet conditions such as reducing violence could lead the militant group to avoid making compromises with other Afghans, the former envoys warned.

Sources said that over the past three days, Mr. Khalilzad has held four meetings with President Ghani.

Non-Taliban Afghans are very anxious the U.S.is too eager to withdraw and may concede too much to the Taliban.

The militants now control more territory than at any time since the 2001 USA invasion and have so far refused to talk to the Afghan government, whom they deride as American puppets.

Afghan officials said Pul-e Khumri had now been cleared of Taliban insurgents and fighting restricted to the outskirts.

At the same time, presidential elections, scheduled for September 28 in which Ghani is seeking re-election to a second five-year term, were not covered in the agreement, Khalilzad said.


"Afghans deserve to determine their government and who will represent them in peace negotiations". Some Taliban groups may want to work with the national government and take a conditions-based approach. Khalilzad also met with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday.

"Public opinion on this is going to turn quite sharply if the scenario you described comes to pass", said Hume.

"It is our agreement with the Taliban, not their agreement with the Taliban", he said, referring to the Afghan government. Days earlier, Taliban assaults in Kunduz and in Baghlan resulted in grave harm to the civilian population.

"We have agreed that if the conditions proceed according to the agreement, we will leave within 135 days five bases in which we are present now", the Afghan-born United States envoy said in Dari.

Many things about the deal remain unclear as of now.

The deal, reached after months of negotiations with representatives from the insurgent movement, must still be approved by U.S. President Donald Trump before it can be signed, Khalilzad said in an interview with Tolo News television. We do not want Afghanistan to be a sanctuary from which the homeland can be threatened. "People's houses have been damaged many times".


"Yes, we have reached an agreement in principle", Khalilzad stated, in keeping with TOLOnews. Dunford said, "When I think about Afghanistan, I think ..." I'm not using the "withdraw" word right now.

Despite the talk of a peace deal, violence in Afghanistan continues. These armed groups, the best known of which is the Khost Protection Force, have been implicated in notorious abuses of the civilian population.

"We hope these efforts will lead to an end to the conflict".

The reactionary Islamist ideology of the Taliban is drawn in large measure from the Wahhabism exported by the Saudi monarchy, the principal U.S. ally in the Arab world.

At the same time, presidential elections, scheduled for September 28 in which Ghani is seeking re-election to a second five-year term, were not covered in the agreement, Khalilzad said.

In anticipation of talking with the Taliban, the Afghan government has named a broad-based negotiating team. "We make a determination from there as to what happens ... we're bringing it down", Trump stated, repeating a declare that the U.S. "could win that war so fast if I wanted to kill ten million people there ... which I don't".


"We've agreed that in case the terms proceed in line with this arrangement, we'll depart within 135 days five foundations where we exist today", that the Afghan-born United States envoy stated in Dari.

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