In Afghanistan, Trump Says Taliban Talks Are Back On

Trump says Taliban wants to do a ceasefire

During a surprise visit to Afghanistan for Thanksgiving, President Trump revealed what has been reported a few times recently, that US negotiations with the Taliban are back on, and a peace deal is again being sought.

The US and Taliban had several months of negotiations with one another in Doha earlier this year, culminating in an all-but-finished deal, though President Trump withdrew from those talks at the brink of a deal, declaring the process “dead.”

At the time, officials said it was because what was decided didn’t include an immediate ceasefire, though neither the Taliban nor US ceased fire. President Trump is now reporting that the Taliban want to do a ceasefire as part of a deal.

Previous reports suggested the US was engaged with the Ghani government in Afghanistan about specifics. It’s not clear what those are, nor is it clear if the Taliban ceasefire would also require a US ceasefire, or if the US is planning to try to talk them into disarming and then rushing in to overwhelm them once the deal is secured.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.