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Afghanistan: Americans could leave at the end of 2020

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"You have the watch, we have time. AT" This maxim of the Afghan Taliban to the address of the American enemy illustrates, more than ever, the current state of the peace negotiations launched in September 2018 in Doha, by the main insurgent movement in Afghanistan and the United States, and of which the government is excluded. On the eve of their eighth meeting, on Monday August 5th, the two protagonists congratulated themselves on "Excellent progress" Result © Alisa © s. Linked optimism, according to information from the World, To a pre-agreement on one of the main stumbling blocks to the peace process: the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. According to a diplomatic source, Taliban and Americans have agreed to fix the start of "Soldiers in uniform by the end of 2020".

Signs that things are moving, the American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, charged to lead the discussions for the United States, was, Thursday, in Oslo, where must be held the conference of inter-Afghan peace. The future of the country as soon as a text is signed in Doha. Nothing has filtered since Monday on these advancements and possible preparatory for an announcement. Because if the step crossed is major, all is not yet settled. The standoff between the three main players in this process, Taliban, Americans and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, is not over. Each one defends his cause dearly and the Taliban are masters of the time.

First and foremost, the sensitive issue of US forces on Afghan soil is not quite solved. Washington would like to maintain after 2020 "An anti-terrorist force". Requirement that the Taliban refuse, on the grounds that they have already committed to prohibit their territory to any terrorist group. Spokesman of the Taliban delegation in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, repeated it again on Thursday at the BBC microphone: "We have provided all the guarantees that no one could use our territory to attack American interests, their allies or any other nation. AT"

On the side of US President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the idea of ​​withdrawing counterterrorism forces by the end of 2020 could to make his way. This concession would give an argument for insurgents, in return for progress on social and constitutional ground. But voices, majority, in the Congress, the Pentagon, and even within the National Security Council want this force to remain after the departure of the troops in uniform. These include air units, those operating drones, intelligence services and probably special forces.

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