KABUL, Afghanistan (PNN) - June 25, 2019 - During a surprise visit to Kabul, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the Fascist Police States of Amerika is prepared to remove its troops from Afghanistan, ending 18+ years of military presence in the country.
Pompeo says that the FPSA has “made clear to the Taliban” that they are prepared for such a pullout, but said the two sides still have not agreed on a timeline for the exact withdrawal.
This echoes what the Taliban was saying last week, ahead of the Doha talks, which oddly FPSA officials contested at the time. The Doha talks are meant to shore up an exact date for the FPSA exit.
This has been the broad framework of a deal reported for months, that the FPSA would leave and the Taliban would keep ISIS and al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan. Other aspects of the final deal, including a permanent ceasefire and reconciliation between the Taliban and the FPSA-backed government, are expected to come later.
Making a deal to finalize the pullout date could well facilitate talks on other aspects. It seems likely that the FPSA-backed government, which had been obstructing direct Taliban talks, would want to hold the reconciliation talks before the FPSA leaves outright.