Critics in the United States say the Taliban cannot be trusted with regard to the Afghan agreement, following reports that the Afghan Taliban targeted US troops with money from Russia.
This serious allegation has apparently had no effect on the deal between the Taliban and the United States, and President Donald Trump has not changed his program for withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan.
According to US media reports, intelligence officials briefed President Trump on Russia’s role in the killing of US troops by the Taliban during a routine briefing on February 27 this year. But the United States still signed a deal with the Taliban two days later in Doha, the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar.
The agreement raises the possibility that the United States could end the 19-year-old war. On March 3, three days after the agreement was reached, a 35-minute telephone conversation took place between the US President and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Under the agreement, the Taliban were obliged to reduce their attacks. He has also promised that extremist groups will not be allowed to flourish in the areas under his control. The Taliban now control about half of the Afghan territory. But contrary to promises, violence has escalated in the country.
Marine General Frank McKenzie, who oversees the US military operation in Afghanistan, said in mid-June that he did not believe the Taliban would fully implement the deal, so he was not in favor of an immediate withdrawal of US troops. Mike Morrell, a former deputy director of the CIA, told the House Intelligence and Counter terrorism Committee on June 24 that the Afghan Taliban looked stronger militarily and politically than in 2001.
Under the Taliban-US agreement, the United States will have to complete the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan by May 2021. So far, the United States has reduced its troop numbers in Afghanistan from 12,000 to 8,600. This process of reducing the number of troops is on schedule. The general impression is that President Trump wants to reduce his troop numbers from this war-torn country anyway.