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EFSAS comments on talks between the US delegation and the Taliban in Doha


Several senior representatives of the US Government including Trump himself and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have expressed positivity and optimism at the achievements of the Doha talks. In reality, the only notable movement at the talks was that of the US succumbing to the long-standing Taliban demand that it leaves Afghanistan. The Taliban agreeing to eschew a much weakened Al Qaeda, and what has emerged as its most serious competitor in Afghanistan, the Islamic State, can hardly be described as yielding ground to the US.