Trump Vows to Return US Troops From Afghanistan if Peace Deal Signed

Thursday, January 31, 2019
By Paul Martin

The US and the Taliban have reportedly finalised a deal that will end the 17-year-long war in Afghanistan. The deal will reportedly ensure that terrorist groups are not allowed to use the country as a base of operations and that the US and other foreign countries will withdraw their troops.

US President Donald Trump said on 31 January that US troops would withdraw from Afghanistan after 17 years of military operations there if a peace deal is reached with the Taliban. His statement comes in wake of an announcement by US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who said that the US and the militants had reached a framework deal on ending the conflict in Afghanistan.

The Taliban, an Islamic insurgent group, seized power in Afghanistan in 1996, but were overthrown after the US invaded the country in 2001 to fight al-Qaeda in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks. Washington said that the country had become a safe haven for the terrorist network while the Taliban was in power.

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