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Trump’s Secret Thanksgiving Visit And Afghan Stalemate

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Trump's Secret Thanksgiving Visit And Afghan Stalemate

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On November 28th, US President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan to greet and give a speech to the US troops stationed there.

He furthermore met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, and spoke alongside him at the Bagram Airfield.

The entire trip was shrouded in secrecy, and there were absolutely no information leaks prior to the 13-hour flight to the war zone in Afghanistan.

12 reporters that were allowed to reflect the visit were taken from the roof of a parking garage near Joint Base Andrews, outside of Washington. The journalists were barred from reporting on the trip until just before they and Trump began travelling back to the US. For three hours the journalists watched the US President serve Turkey in a cafeteria, pose for photos and deliver remarks in a hangar to 1,500 military personnel.

This marked Trump’s first visit to Afghanistan and he pledged that he would be resuming ceasefire discussions with the Taliban.

“The Taliban wants to make a deal — we’ll see if they make a deal,” he said during brief remarks to reporters following his meeting with Ashraf Ghani. “If they do they do, and if they don’t they don’t. That’s fine.”

He did also admit that a victory against the Taliban was unlikely and striking a deal was the best option.

“We’re going to stay until such time as we have a deal or we have total victory, and they want to make a deal very badly,” Trump said.

Trump, further admitted that the war “will not be decided on the battlefield.” Instead, he said, “ultimately there will need to be a political solution,” one that will be “decided by the people of the region.”

“As you know,” Trump said, “for a period of time we’ve been working to make a deal. We’ve made tremendous progress over the last six months. We’ve made tremendous progress and at the same time we’ve been drawing down our troops.”

The talks with the Taliban were making stable progress, before they came to a standstill in September. Plans to host the Taliban at Camp David, in Maryland, fell apart after the death of a US soldier, allegedly killed by the group. Sgt Elis A Barreto Ortiz, 34, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in September, shortly before Trump ended talks.

Trump said talks had been “close” to a deal but “we pulled back because of what they did. It was not a good thing they did with killing the soldier. An American soldier, from Puerto Rico.”

“We’re saying it has to be a ceasefire and they didn’t want to do a ceasefire and now they do want to do a ceasefire,” Trump said. “I believe it’ll probably work out that way.”

Trump also repeated calls to reduce US presence in Afghanistan to 8,600 troops, which means an approximately 5,000 personnel reduction.

Currently, the situation in Afghanistan for the US is not between winning the fight against the Taliban or striking a deal, but rather between losing and finding a political solution.

The Taliban’s principal demand to the US and Co. is that all foreign troops depart from Afghanistan, and while the withdrawal is a move in that direction, there would still be thousands of US and NATO troops present in the country. In such a situation, it is unlikely that the Taliban would agree to any lengthy ceasefire or a peace deal.

Trump repeatedly declared a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and promised reducing the nearly 14,000-strong U.S. military contingent in Afghanistan. On both fronts there’s clearly been not so much progress.

So, despite Trump’s rhetoric that he wants withdrawals from the Middle East, for now, it all remains empty rhetoric that will not lead to anything conclusive in Afghanistan, since defeating the Taliban, in the current situation is unlikely.

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verner

it doesn’t matter what the americans do, the talibans will win hands down. and if the americans persist in negotiating a truce/peace in which the americans are given a more prominent role than their defeat warrants, the talibans are happy going on with their war against the americans and the kabul-government and the loser will be the americans since there is no honourable peace for them just more money down the drain and an increase of the national debt. the afghan people will have to live with a continued carnage, more death more destruction and more misery but, does the americans care – nay not one iota.

but had the more than dumb morons in washington dc spent the money at home and not in afghanistan the way they have over the last 16 years, the state of the unhinged states of A would have been much much better. now they are more or less broke, paupers pretending to nothing but!

Ronald

The Taliban won when they drove the Russians out.
The American “Company” ( CIA) is there for the opium trade.
Certainly not for the minds and hearts of the Afghani people.
Look up David Sassoon from Baghdad and his East India Company.

Mehmet Aslanak

Industrial-military-media complex of the US will impeach him like Nixon, if that fails & he wins the election, deep state will just seek for another way like a way happened to JFK.

YAH21

Thanks for that little bit of spin at the end. I was almost about to start thinking for myself and forming my own conclusions, but who needs to do that when we have such balanced reporting.

Karl Wolfe

There are also HUGE DEPOSITS of Lithium underground in Afghanistan that is critical for future battery production worldwide, it’s worth BILLIONS .
We will NEVER leave there as long as some international companies now have CONTROL of that Lithium.

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