Afghan Taliban urge Biden to uphold US troop withdrawal deal

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Publish Date: 18:13 - 10 November 2020
Tuesday, 10 November 2020_Afghanistan’s Taliban militant group has called on the “future administration” of US President-elect Joe Biden to abide by the outgoing President Donald Trump administration’s deal to pull out American troops from the war-ravaged country.

Afghan Taliban urge Biden to uphold US troop withdrawal deal“The implementation of the agreement is the most reasonable and effective tool for ending the conflict between both our countries,” the Taliban said in a statement on Tuesday.

The US reached the deal with the Taliban in February.

Trump had made the end of the American war in Afghanistan a major campaign pledge. He declared in a Twitter post last month that US troops could be out of Afghanistan by Christmas, contradicting his national security advisor, who had spoken of a May 2021 deadline for the troop pullout.

The Tuesday statement by the Taliban marked the group’s second announcement on the need for Washington to stick to its agreement with the militants since press reports started projecting Biden as the winner of the US presidential election last week.

The US military has been pulling out its troops from Afghanistan under the deal, which envisages the withdrawal to be complete by May — subject to certain security guarantees — while the Taliban hold talks with the Afghan government, which was not involved in the US deal.

Violence has, nevertheless, surged in Afghanistan. The Taliban have stepped up their attacks on Afghan security forces and civilians, and US forces have conducted some airstrikes against the militants.

Afghan people have called on the government to end the ongoing talks with the Taliban, particularly following recent attacks on education centers in Kabul. While the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for those attacks, some Afghan officials have blamed the Taliban.

A Taliban spokesman said on Sunday that the militants expected Biden to abide by Trump’s deal with the group and withdraw the remaining US troops from Afghanistan.

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