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U.S. Taliban Withdrawal Agreement - Feb 2020

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February 2020 Signing of Afghanistan Withdrawal Agreement

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan
Reconciliation, participates in a signing ceremony with Taliban deputy leader
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Doha, Qatar, on February 29, 2020.
(DoS photo by Ron Przysucha).

The rapid Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021 surprised many in the U.S. military and the government. However, without significant financial support, contractor support, air support, and the presence of the U.S. military in Afghanistan the country was doomed for defeat. The February 2020 withdrawal agreeement between the United States and the Taliban paved the way for a Taliban victory.

As early as 2010 the U.S. government has participated in a series of meetings with Taliban intermediaries and officials in an attempt to arrange a peace agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government. As the years went by, with less U.S. troops in country and the Taliban controlling more and more territory the U.S. had less leverage.

News Reports and Articles about
Peace Negotiations 2010 to Present

December 10, 2021. "The Secret History of the U.S. Diplomatic Failure in Afghanistan", by Steve Coll and Adam Etous, The New Yorker Magazine.

November 2, 2021. "How the Doha Agreement Guaranteed US Failure in Afghanistan", by Lisa Curtis,The Caravan Notebook, Hoover Institute, Stanford University, PDF, 12 pages.

September 1, 2021. "Trump and Taliban's peace agreement", by Ritu Mathur, Observer Research Foundation (ORF). The irony of a superpower seeking authority guarantees from a non-state actor for safe withdrawal of its own forces and those of its allies would not win popular vote in democracies.





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