Published: Fri, April 16, 2021
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Twitter Faceoff: US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan sparks debate

Twitter Faceoff: US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan sparks debate

"But why would you pick September 11? What we want now from the Taliban is peace and life in dignity and harmony", tweeted Afghan peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi.

But Prof. Zaland said he was not very optimistic about the peace deal.

The United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military presence has made an end to violence impossible for twenty years, as the Taliban have long made clear that they will keep fighting as long as their country is under foreign occupation.

In his meeting with Ghani, Blinken assured the Afghan president that "the partnership is changing, but the partnership is enduring".

He said British forces had "no choice" but to leave due to the US's "significant force protection capabilities from which we benefited".

Later US President Biden said, "It is time to end America's longest war".

Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, at the Sapidar Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, April 15, 2021. He is there to talk to Afghan leaders, and the Afghan people, about Biden's decision.

Towards this end, the U.S. -Taliban Agreement of 29 February 2020 laid the foundation for a comprehensive intra-Afghan peace agreement including a permanent ceasefire for bringing an end to violence in Afghanistan, the statement said.

Foreign troops under North Atlantic Treaty Organisation command will also withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with the US pullout.

While Biden is being pilloried by some for pulling out too soon, the truth is that he is violating a May 1 deadline for USA troop withdrawal that was painstakingly negotiated under the Trump Administration. The U.S. air war did.

An average of five children have been killed or wounded every day for the past 14 years in war-wrecked Afghanistan, according to Save The Children. That is an increase of 23 percent from the same period previous year. The Biden administration explained Thursday that it wouldn't levy specific measures in response to the bounty reports, but was instead dealing with them through "diplomatic, military and intelligence channels". The pullout will begin on May 1. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation announced it would also begin a withdrawal of almost 10,000 troops from the country.

Fawzia Ahmadi, 42, now lectures at a private university in Balkh province in northern Afghanistan - a job she could not have dreamed of when the country was governed by the Taliban in the 1990s. Nor did Biden admit that, in two decades, the United States and its allies have been unable to build up a stable, democratic, popular government or a competent military in the country.

However, it is not clear if the Taliban will attend.

While the Biden administration said troops withdrawal can not be conditioned based any more, Islamabad believes that drawdown has to be accompanied by progress in the peace process.

This is a reversion to the Taliban's long-standing position that it would not negotiate with a government backed by foreign occupation forces.

'They recognise that they need some political legitimacy and I would not be surprised if a scenario plays out that actually sees it not being quite as bad as perhaps some of the naysayers at the moment are predicting'. "The gathering will be supported by high-level attendance from the global community".

Ghani has promised to seek peace.

President Biden pledged that the USA will not take an eye off the terrorist threat.

Ending the fighting and investing a small fraction of US war spending in education and health care would do far more to improve the lives of Afghan women and girls. And as long as the US continues to prop up a weak, corrupt government in Kabul, instability and political fragmentation is inevitable. He has permitted armed leaders throughout Afghanistan to get rich and build large militias. Critics have said the move would strengthen threats from various terror groups in the country. Controlling militias will be even harder if Afghanistan's government fails.

A US withdrawal-especially one not based on conditions on the ground-is, nevertheless, a bold move for Biden.

Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jack Reed, on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, said "a crucial factor contributing immensely to the Taliban's success" has been the inability of the USA to "eliminate the sanctuary the Taliban was granted in Pakistan".

In June, The Associated Press reported that Trump White House officials were briefed on intelligence about potential bounties in 2019 and again in 2020. Mario Ritter, Jr. was the editor.

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