Taliban Remains Committed to Afghan Peace Deal With US

Officials say deal most reasonable way to end the war

The Taliban has issued a statement following the US election, saying that they remain committed to the peace after Joe Biden’s win, and saying that they believe that the February 29 deal is the most reasonable way to end the war.

The statement went on to say that the Taliban wants to solve internal Afghan problems through negotiations. The US hasn’t commented since the election, but President-elect Biden is seen as somewhat unclear on whether he intends to continue the peace deal.

Since late 2001, the Afghan War has raged, with the US constantly predicting they are about to round the corner to victory. At this point, no one thinks that anymore, and President Trump promised a pullout by Christmas, though it’s similarly uncertain if he intends to complete that, having lost the presidential election.

The Ghani government also expressed hope for the Biden presidency, though since they’ve been trying to undermine the peace process, it’s not clear that hope is an expectation that the peace process will continue.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.