Taliban Want 'Islamic System' of Government as Focal Point of Afghan Talks

Clay Curtis
September 20, 2020

But, fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban left dozens killed in a restive eastern province, officials said. TOLOnews reporter Karim Amini said on Friday that the "contact groups" of the negotiating teams of Afghan republic and the Taliban did not held a meeting on Thursday, September 17, and that they will probably hold no meeting on Friday. It was not immediately possible to verify claims made by either side.

President Trump's former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the administration's plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan is "unwise", and suggested instead that the US should maintain a force presence in the country. Historic Intra-Afghan negotiations began on September 12 in Doha, Qatar and, for the first time, representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government are holding direct talks to try to put an end to the 19-year conflict that began after the Taliban were ousted from power by American-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in 2001.

"We'll be down very shortly over the next couple of weeks to 4,000 - less than 4,000 [service members] in Afghanistan". In February, the US said it would begin a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan if the two sides agreed to peace talks following a prisoner swap.

"We're dealing very well with the Taliban".

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Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3, is eager to claim an end to America's longest conflict, and his administration has voiced its intention to use aid as leverage to push for a peace deal in Afghanistan.

The opening session of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital, Doha, on September 12.

In a few weeks' time, the US will enter the 20th year of war in Afghanistan, when the USA invaded after 9/11.

The U.S. -Taliban pact binds the insurgents to disallow worldwide terrorism from Afghan soil and engage in peace talks with rival Afghan factions to end the deadly conflict.

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