[color=purple][size=5][i]As possible good news — the 18 year war in Afghanistan could be scaled down in future
and hope signed treaties hold up & allow many of our service men & women to return home 8)
Still, it ain’t over til it’s over[/i][/size][/color]
[size=5][i]As part of the agreement, the U.S. is drawing back a number of the approximately 13,000 troops stationed there, although more than 8,000 will remain to ensure certain counter-terrorism conditions are met by the Taliban. Another condition of the agreement calls for the release of 5,000 Taliban members from Afghan-run jails, although it was not clear if the Afghan government will comply with that.
A senior administration official told reporters earlier this week that the deal “explicitly mentions al-Qaida” and calls for the Taliban to cut all ties. The U.S. is also working for a “complete ceasefire” which will be discussed in Oslo on March 10. …. “I know there will be a temptation to declare victory but victory, victory for Afghans, will only be achieved when they can live in peace and prosper,” Pompeo warned.[/i][/size]