The United States is preparing the return of thousands of military forces from Afghanistan as part of an agreement with the Taliban. That writes The Washington Post Thursday.
Of the approximately 14,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan, an estimated five to six thousand are returning home soon. A cease-fire is also agreed, government officials tell the newspaper.
The Taliban also has the opportunity to negotiate peace with the Afghan government directly, without direct interference from the Americans. President Donald Trump said earlier that he wanted to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.
The US government has been negotiating with the Taliban for a long time, which are conducting a guerrilla fight against US troops in Afghanistan. The US has stationed soldiers in the country since 2001.
There is negotiation with the Taliban by the Americans to believe that the group is a better alternative than the Islamic State or Al-Qaeda. Part of the agreement would be that the Taliban breaks off all cooperation with the latter two groups.
A Pentagon spokesman responded to the message that "US forces will remain in Afghanistan as long as their presence is needed".
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