Marine Corp General Joe Dunford, the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated Wednesday it’s too early to speak about a full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
He is not using the ‘withdraw’ phrase right now, Dunford stated about the nearly 18-year war. they judge that the Afghans need support to deal with the level of violence within the country at present.
The U.S. and the Taliban appeared to be approaching a deal through which U.S. forces would withdraw in alternate for guarantees that Afghanistan wouldn’t become a haven for other terrorist groups.
Some 14,000 U.S. troops have remained in Afghanistan, mainly advising and assisting Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations against the ISIS terror network’s Afghan affiliate and other extremist teams, including Al Qaeda.
Dunford stated any peace agreement would be based on safety conditions on the bottom. He famous Afghan forces are not but able to save the country without help from allied forces, and it wasn’t but clear when they would be.
U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has prioritized getting the Taliban to agree to intra-Afghan talks and a permanent cease-fire. However, the Taliban have continued to sideline the Kabul government, which they’ve dismissed as a U.S. puppet, and haven’t agreed to a permanent cease-fire.
The Taliban have saved up a near-daily rate of lethal attacks, regardless of holding several rounds of talks with Khalilzad since his appointment almost a year ago. The Taliban control roughly half of Afghanistan and are at their strongest since their government was toppled within the 2001 U.S.-led invasion When the U.S.-led invasion toppled their government.