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A Secret Accord With the Taliban: When and How the U.S. Would Leave Afghanistan

March 9, 2020
David Sanger, Eric Schmitt, Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times
In a secure facility underneath the Capitol, members of Congress stopped by all last week to review two classified annexes to the Afghan peace accord with the Taliban that set the criteria for a critical element of the agreement: What constitutes enough “peace” for the United States to withdraw its forces? The Taliban have read the annexes. Nonetheless, the Trump administration insists that the secret documents must remain secret, though officials have struggled to explain why to skeptical lawmakers.
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Trump Speaks With a Taliban Leader

March 4, 2020
Michael Crowley | The New York Times
President Trump spoke on Tuesday with the deputy leader of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in the latest sign of his determination to see that a peace deal signed Saturday with the Afghan insurgent group holds, allowing him to withdraw thousands of American troops in an election year.
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US, Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan

February 29, 2020
Matthew Lee , Kathy Gannon | AP News
The United States signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America’s longest war.
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Democrats’ Afghan Strategy Sounds Familiar. It’s a Lot Like Trump’s.

September 16, 2019
David Sanger, Maggie Astor | The New York Times
Now, the candidates are racing one another — and President Trump — to demonstrate how quickly they would end the long-running conflict. In the debate on Thursday night, there was almost no discussion of American goals for the country, like building a democracy or protecting the rights of women — objectives that were staples of past Democratic campaigns.
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Trump Declares U.S.-Taliban Talks Dead, Makes New Threat

September 10, 2019
Vivian Salama, Michael C. Bender | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump declared that talks were dead between the U.S. and the Taliban, the insurgent movement in Afghanistan, and warned the U.S. could do “certain things” that would cost millions of lives in a move to end the war, a step he said he doesn’t want to take.
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How Trump’s Plan to Secretly Meet With the Taliban Came Together, and Fell Apart

September 9, 2019
Peter Baker, Michael Crowley, Mujib Mashal | The New York Times
For Mr. Trump, ending the war in Afghanistan has been a focus since taking office, a signature accomplishment that could help him win re-election next year. For nearly a year, Mr. Khalilzad, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, has engaged in talks with the Taliban to make that happen.
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Trump Meets With Advisers to Consider Deal With Taliban

August 17, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Craig Nelson | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump met with his top national security advisers Friday to consider a deal with the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of most U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the end of America’s longest military engagement abroad, U.S. officials said.
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At Least Three Americans Killed in Afghanistan Blast

April 9, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
At least three American service members and a civilian contractor were killed in a Taliban attack on a convoy in Afghanistan on Monday, U.S. military officials said.
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U.S. bungled $70 billion mission to train Afghan forces: report

September 22, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. has invested 16 years and more than $70 billion to train Afghan security forces, but the effort has been undermined by poor planning, training and oversight, a government watchdog said in a report Thursday.
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