Initial Peace Deal With Taliban Could See 5,000 US Troops Withdraw From Afghanistan

US willing to draw down troops for a ceasefire

With the new round of Doha peace talks between the US and Taliban getting underway, reports are that a peace deal could be reached. On Thursday, reports indicated that could include the US withdrawing 5,000 troops as an initial cut.

Though no deal is apparently finalized as of Thursday evening, the indications are that the US has expressed a willingness for more or less immediate draw down of forces in return for a Taliban ceasefire.

US officials have long presented the peace process as four stages, with deals on withdrawing foreign troops, the Taliban pledging to keep ISIS and al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan, the ceasefire, and then a power-sharing deal between the Taliban and Ghani government.

The first two parts seem to be more or less settled, and the reports suggest the ceasefire may be coming along with them for an immediate drawdown. The Afghan government has appointed people to negotiate with the Taliban now, and seems likely to be moving to do so quick if everything else starts falling into place.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.