As part of the deal between the Taliban forces in Afghanistan and the United States, the U.S. agreed to the release of 5,000 Taliban fighters — much to the disapproval of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
“The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners,” Ghani said in a statement after the announced deal was made, Reuters reported.
Ghani pressed on, stating that the U.S. overstepped its authority in making such a promise to the Taliban, which U.S. and coalition forces, as well as the Afghan government, have been fighting with for nearly 20 years.
“It is not in the authority of the United States to decide [about prisoners], they are only a facilitator” for crafting a deal, Ghani explained.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged that getting the Afghan government on board with the deal would be challenging. “It’s going to be rocky and bumpy,” he said on Face the Nation on Sunday.
Indeed, back in the states, some conservatives are even leery of the proposal. Max Boot, columnist at the Washington Post, wrote that the deal wasn’t that impressive.
“There is no agreement on a permanent cease-fire, much less a resolution of all the issues that divide the democratically elected Afghan government from the Taliban. What was signed on Saturday is an agreement to try to reach an agreement,” Boot wrote.
In 2012, Donald Trump scolded then-President Barack Obama for even thinking about creating a deal between the U.S. and the Taliban.
“While @BarackObama is slashing the military, he is also negotiating with our sworn enemy the Taliban — who facilitated 9/11,” Trump wrote.
The Taliban were not involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
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