US, Taliban to sign peace agreement to end America’s longest war


The United States is all set to sign a peace agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan on February 29, 2020, bringing an end to America’s longest war after almost two years of negotiations. US President Donald Trump made the announcement. 

US Secretary of State Mike Pence will witness the signing of the historic peace agreement with the Taliban representatives. Trump said that the peace deal is being signed as part of America’s efforts to convey lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan. 

He additional said that if the Taliban and the Afghanistan authorities reside upto their commitments, then it is going to pave the best way ahead for the US to convey their troops again residence. US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper will likely be issuing a joint declaration with the Afghan authorities after signing of the peace agreement. 

US-Taliban Peace Agreement

The United States will likely be signing the peace cope with the Taliban after almost two years of negotiations in Qatar’s capital metropolis, Doha.

Diplomats from nations together with the US, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and different UN member states have already begun arriving in Doha. 

The peace deal is predicted to be signed at 11:00 GMT on the Sheraton Hotel in Doha on February 29, 2020. 

Following the signing, the US is predicted to withdraw a few of its troops, decreasing its troop energy within the nation to about 8600 from earlier 13000. Further callbacks will likely be issued relying upon compliance from the Taliban. 

Significance

The US-Taliban peace deal can even convey an end to the huge funding of cash and lives, because the US has spent over $750 billion and tens of thousand human lives have been misplaced or completely scarred and interrupted on all sides within the decades-long war.

Background

The Afghanistan War started on October 7, 2001 when the US and NATO forces initiated aerial bombings within the nation, to goal the Taliban and Al-Qaeda camps. 

The war was initiated in response to the 9/ 11 assaults towards the United States on the morning of September 11, 2001, which focused and struck down the dual towers of the World Trade Centre. Al-Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden was suspected of being behind the assaults. He later claimed the duty of the assaults in 2004. 

The US-led coalition forces invaded Afghanistan, launched “War of Terror” and ultimately toppled the Taliban regime on December 7, 2001. The Taliban had refused to adjust to the US to expel Al-Qaeda from the nation and assist in extraditing Osama Bin Laden.

Despite being faraway from energy, battle continued in Afghanistan between Taliban insurgents and the NATO-backed Afghan forces.

Osama Bin Laden, who had evaded seize for nearly a decade, was situated lastly and killed by US navy’s SEAL staff in May 2011 beneath Barack Obama’s Presidency. 



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