Taliban’s Shura Council Will Review US Peace Deal

Council intends to study deal, don't expect major changes

Officials from the Taliban’s leadership council, the Rehbari Shura, say that they intend to review and study all of the language of the draft peace agreement with the United States, and are waiting on that to finalize the pact.

This mirrors the US intention to let Trump make a final decision before finalization. The Taliban leaders say they don’t expect any major changes to be sought by the shura, and that the draft deal is more or less set.

The shura’s leadership say they have been kept appraised of much of the deal while in contact with the negotiation team in Doha. It does not appear that they have a final copy of the draft deal in hand yet, however.

One issue that has changed is that the Taliban sought a nine month US withdrawal, while the US had sought at least 18 months. The compromise appears to have landed somewhere in the middle, but with over 5,000 US troops withdrawing in five months.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.