Taliban Says Differences With US on Afghanistan Troop Pullout Resolved

US mum on talks, Taliban threatens Afghan presidential campaign

Highly anticipated talks in Doha have come to an end, and the Taliban has issued a statement saying that they and the US have resolved differences on both the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the guarantees on the Taliban cutting ties with other groups.

The Taliban was not very specific about what was decided, as technical teams continued to meet. The US, interestingly, has refused to comment on the matter at all, beyond Zalmay Khalilzad saying they had made “excellent progress.”

There had previously been suggestions that a deal could be announced at the end of these talks, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Progress or not, the talks are still advancing.

But they might not be done by next month’s Afghan presidential election, and that has the Taliban condemning that vote as a ploy, and threatening to attack election rallies that are held.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.