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Pentagon Says Taliban Have ‘Not Met Their Commitments’ in Peace Deal

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Pentagon Says Taliban Have ‘Not Met Their Commitments’ in Peace Deal

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The Pentagon said Thursday that the Taliban have “not met their commitments” in the Afghan peace deal with the United States, including reducing violence and cutting ties with terrorist organizations. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that the Biden administration believes it is hard to see a way forward for a negotiated settlement with the militant group unless it meets its commitments under the 2020 deal. Kirby was referring to a four-component peace pact between the United States and the Taliban (pdf) signed in February 2020, which included a Trump administration commitment to the Taliban to remove all U.S. military, intelligence, and contractor personnel from Afghanistan by May if peace-keeping conditions were honored. The Taliban promised to prevent the use of Afghanistan territory to launch attacks against the United States and its allies, and committed to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government that would eventually lead to a …

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