The longest American war is finally coming to an end. The United States and Taliban will be signing a deal today on Saturday. After over 18 years since President George W. Bush ordered the bombing in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, this agreement will set the stage for the US troop’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Also, this deal will probably end the huge investment made by the U.S in the country which is over $750 billion.
In Doha, the top diplomat of America will stand with Taliban leaders, and sign the deal for US troops’ withdrawal from the country, hoping for sustainable peace. As per Trump, this agreement will illuminate ‘a powerful path forward’.
US President Trump said in a statement that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will “witness” the signing of the agreement. It remains unclear whether Pompeo will sign the agreement on behalf of the US or he will just shake hands with the Taliban representatives.
In the weeks that follow this signing, US troops will be withdrawn from 13000 to 8600. As Trump seeks re-election this year he wants to ensure that he fulfills his promise to bring troops home from the Middle East.
As per a statement by Trump White House, if the Taliban and Afghan governments fulfill their commitments in the agreement “we will have a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home.”
Trump said, “These commitments represent an important step to lasting peace in a new Afghanistan, free from al-Qaida, ISIS and any other terrorist group that would seek to bring us harm.”