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US may pull out troops before Nov vote: Taliban

US may pull out troops before Nov vote: Taliban

Aug 08, 2020 - 13:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States could meet its commitment to withdrawing its troops from Afghanistaninfo-icon before the presidential election in November, the Talibaninfo-icon believe.

Suhail Shaheen, Taliban’s political spokesman, said the insurgent movement would welcome such a development.

"Yes, they can. If they withdraw until [the election] I think it is good for them. Because the Afghan issue cannot have a military solution,” he was quoted as saying by Sputnik.

Shaheen added: “We will welcome their participation in terms of reconstructioninfo-icon of Afghanistan … we welcome their civilian role, but they should end their military role as soon as possible...”

Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump indicated his administration would cut its military presence in Afghanistan to around 4,000 by November.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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