Give me context… Donald Trump wants to get along with the Taliban now. Reminder: for almost a year, the US and the Taliban were talking out ways to end the war in Afghanistan (2001-present). But they didn’t achieve anything.
Who are the Taliban?
The Taliban is a terrorist organization. It aims to enforce in Afghanistan a society based on the strict interpretation of Islam. Until 2001, the Taliban controlled most of Afghanistan, where they killed civilians, tortured women, and so on.
The U.S invasion of Afghanistan: the beginning of the war.
Following the September 11 attacks, the US invaded Afghanistan (2001) and drove the Taliban from power in order to deny al-Qaeda a safe base of operations in Afghanistan.
Today. The war has since mostly involved US and allied Afghan government troops battling Taliban insurgents.
Trump. He surprised American troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving and said that he’d reopened peace talks with the Taliban and demanded a cease-fire. The Taliban apparently said ok.. Let’s keep talking…
The problem. The US announced it’s been pulling out troops from the area. It was hard enough getting the Taliban to agree to a cease-fire in the past. Now, Trump may have less leverage to work with.
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