President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is a stark departure from his predecessors, as he has chosen to extend the olive branch to world leaders reviled by the military-industrial complex rather than provoke them. His talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan are proving particularly fruitful.
Trump met with national security advisers and his Cabinet members last week to hear from Zalmay Khalilzad, who is the chief U.S. envoy for peace talks with the Taliban. Others at the meeting included Vice President Mike Pence, CIA Director Gina Haspel, national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
The first step of the proposed peace deal would involve the removal of approximately 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Afghanistan. In return, the Taliban would renounce Al Qaeda and sanction the anti-American terrorist group by preventing them from recruiting, fundraising and training in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan.
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