Opinion: Taliban-US To Be Successful In Afghan Peace Deal
A year long peace talks in Afghanistan between the Taliban and U.S. held in Doha, echoes successful peace discussions for future.
The Taliban have shown with the recent take over of Kunduz province that they have power to take control of territory back from Afghan government forces.
Also, considering that US played its fair share in the wars in Iraq and Syria with other members of the UN Security Council like Russia, the focus went from Afghanistan to middle-east. And considering the US has about 20,000 forces, while compared to opposition forces to be about 40,000, the fighting being dragged on is unforeseen.
Tribal elders and members have been shattered in the face of the war in their districts, where their support seems to be absent in the present peace talks, making a headway for future conflict to continue.
US President Donald Trump sent a clear message earlier this week that about 8,600 forces would remain in Afghanistan even after a peace deal has been reached with the Taliban to end the long-war. Afghan forces will continue to defend Afghan land especially when they outnumber the Taliban and ISIS forces in all over the country. Afghan forces have repeatedly shown that they can recapture lost territory with support from US soldiers. But is this worthwhile?
On the other hand, ISIS seems to be only active in the lower districts and does not control much. Afghan forces have held Kabul city for 18 years in their hands which allows government to provide services to its people. They control and operate their military plans from Kabul.
But the war has had negative effects on the people of Afghanistan particularly the deaths of over 800,000 Afghans since the US invasion began in Afghanistan. Taliban wants territory to control and Afghan forces fighting back should not hint for the war to drag on any further.
The ninth round of peace talks successfully completed in Doha under the patronage of the Qatar government. US Special Envoy for Peace Zalmay Khalilzad said that a peace deal would be agreed when everything is agreed.
President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has yet to speak with the Taliban, but he does from time to time receive updates on the peace agreement from Khalilzad. The talks have now ended, and the election is coming up this month, and Afghans are waiting to see the positive outcome from the year-long talks.
Meladul Haq Ahmadzai