The US conducted an airstrike on March 4 against Taliban fighters in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, who were actively attacking an #ANDSF checkpoint. This was a defensive strike to disrupt the attack. This was our 1st strike against the Taliban in 11 days.
— USFOR-A Spokesman Col Sonny Leggett (@USFOR_A) March 4, 2020
Taliban have carried out 76 attacks across 24 provinces since the RiV ended and US-Taliban signed deal, according Afghan ONSC.
The deadliest attack killed at least 15 Afghan soldiers on outskirts of Kunduz city – hours aft Trump said he and "the Mullah" talked about "no violence"
— Mujib Mashal (@MujMash) March 4, 2020
#UPDATE A deadly blast shattered a period of relative calm in Afghanistan on Monday, as the #Taliban told fighters to resume operations against Afghan security forces — just days after signing a deal with Washington aimed at ushering in a new era of peace https://t.co/34sazMoX3Z pic.twitter.com/6HBz0uMQuN
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 2, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 2, 2020
The US-Taliban agreement, which sets into motion the potential of a full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, calls for the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners.
“We have not made a commitment,” Afghan President says. “It’s a sovereign Afghan decision.”https://t.co/ZWesNPQvww pic.twitter.com/P6rdO5Ks5l
— CNN (@CNN) March 1, 2020
Met with @Coalition partners following the signing of our agreement with the Taliban, which brings us all closer to our goal of peace in #Afghanistan. Look forward to our continued close cooperation to protect our shared security and as we consider any adjustments to U.S. forces. pic.twitter.com/XwIrGWTHHq
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 1, 2020
We got a copy of the only known photo of Sec Pompeo shaking hands w top #Taliban negotiator Stanekzai — here it is #Doha. US told #Qatar to keep him away from insurgents to avoid photo ops pic.twitter.com/JGPutlMEox
— Jessica Donati (@jessdonati) March 3, 2020
NOTE: Right hand photo below is posted on state.gov’s Flickr account here but Taliban negotiator Stanikzai was not identified. Caption only says “Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in a signing ceremony in Doha, Qatar, on February 29, 2020. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain]”.
A remarkable picture from Qatar as Mike Pompeo shakes hands with the Taliban’s negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai. More importantly, also seen in the picture is Shah Mahmood Qureshi. pic.twitter.com/DjbA3dMgsH
— Kautilya (@AmatyaKautilya) March 4, 2020
Here’s the 4 page text of the US/Taliban deal signed in Doha. Trump has described it as “a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home.” pic.twitter.com/gmFetTYIZb
— Michele Kelemen (@michelekelemen) February 29, 2020
The U.S. "went from seeking to annihilate the Taliban, to meeting with them furtively, to negotiating with them openly, before, finally, signing a deal with them. And at each juncture, the expectations dropped." — @kgilsinan https://t.co/uqhdfnR43G
— Prashant Rao (@prashantrao) February 29, 2020