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"On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan"

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Mike Pompeo looks to have cut the Afghan "government" loose: On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan - United States Department of State

I can't see how much more committed to getting out of Dodge the US could be. I've never seen diplomatic language like this, especially the highlighted text in the quote below:
US State Dept said:
The United States deeply regrets that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have informed Secretary Pompeo that they have been unable to agree on an inclusive government that can meet the challenges of governance, peace, and security, and provide for the health and welfare of Afghan citizens. The United States is disappointed in them and what their conduct means for Afghanistan and our shared interests. Their failure has harmed U.S.-Afghan relations and, sadly, dishonors those Afghan, Americans, and Coalition partners who have sacrificed their lives and treasure in the struggle to build a new future for this country.

Because this leadership failure poses a direct threat to U.S. national interests, effective immediately, the U.S. government will initiate a review of the scope of our cooperation with Afghanistan. Among other steps, we are today announcing a responsible adjustment to our spending in Afghanistan and immediately reducing assistance by $1 billion this year. We are prepared to reduce by another $1 billion in 2021. We will also initiate a review of all of our programs and projects to identify additional reductions, and reconsider our pledges to future donor conferences for Afghanistan.
 
Well, that will focus a few minds when they can't line their pockets and put another extension on their Gulf state retirement palaces.

'Among other steps, we are today announcing a responsible adjustment to our spending in Afghanistan and immediately reducing assistance by $1 billion this year. We are prepared to reduce by another $1 billion in 2021.
 

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The State Dept press release on Monday was made after Sec Pompeo went from meeting Ghani & Abdullah (separately) in Kabul to Qatar, and had a lengthy meeting the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan's political deputy.

Someone on twitter said the State Dept "On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan" statement was posted just after Pompeo had left that meeting - i.e. Pompeo consulted with the Taliban before publicly condemning Ghani and Abdullah.

Taliban press release linked here & quoted below

Taliban Website said:
Late yesterday afternoon [Monday], the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accompanied by his delegation held a lengthy meeting with the Political Deputy of the Islamic Emirate Mullah Baradar Akhund accompanied by his delegation.

The meeting which took place in the capital of Qatar, Doha, centered around the implementation of the US-IEA agreement and the swift release of prisoners.
 

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I've not watched the press conference to see it in context, but just reading of Trump describing the Taliban as "very tough, very smart and very sharp" is quite something.
 
Oops; that wasn't meant to happen, no matter how inevitable it was, particularly as Iran tries to stop the influx of drugs into the country.

'Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib held talks with his Iranian counterpart Ali Shamkhani in Tehran on Tuesday as the two countries look to finalize a long-term cooperation pact.

'The talks between Shamkhani, who heads Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and Mohib covered security cooperation between the two sides.

'According to official sources, Iran and Afghanistan, which share a 582-mile long border, are on the verge of finalizing a comprehensive strategic agreement, which comprises five key elements.

'While the two sides have agreed in principle on four parts of the agreement, the issue of security cooperation is still under discussion.

'Shamkhani said he emphasized the “need for the US to leave the region, the need to create necessary infrastructure for the development of bilateral relations, Iran’s support to legitimate government of Afghanistan and the need for cooperation in destroying the Daesh/ISIS” terrorist group.'


 

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Oops; that wasn't meant to happen, no matter how inevitable it was, particularly as Iran tries to stop the influx of drugs into the country.

'Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib held talks with his Iranian counterpart Ali Shamkhani in Tehran on Tuesday as the two countries look to finalize a long-term cooperation pact.

'The talks between Shamkhani, who heads Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and Mohib covered security cooperation between the two sides.

'According to official sources, Iran and Afghanistan, which share a 582-mile long border, are on the verge of finalizing a comprehensive strategic agreement, which comprises five key elements.

'While the two sides have agreed in principle on four parts of the agreement, the issue of security cooperation is still under discussion.

'Shamkhani said he emphasized the “need for the US to leave the region, the need to create necessary infrastructure for the development of bilateral relations, Iran’s support to legitimate government of Afghanistan and the need for cooperation in destroying the Daesh/ISIS” terrorist group.'


This tweet from the Special Inspector General Afghan Reconstruction is interesting on drugs / what we're leaving behind angle:

 
This is going well!:(

'Authorities in Afghanistan say they have rearrested 600 members of the Taliban who were freed from imprisonment as part of a peace-building agreement between the United States and the insurgent group.

'Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, made the announcement Sunday, alleging the men in question had returned to the battlefield to plot deadly attacks against government forces and civilians.

'Under the February 2020 U.S.-Taliban deal, the government had released more than 5,000 insurgent prisoners in exchange for 1,000 security personnel.

'The swap led to the opening of much-sought peace negotiations between the Taliban and representatives of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government.

'Mohib told reporters in Kabul that the prisoners’ release did not contribute to peace efforts, reiterating that his government would not free more Taliban.

“We have rearrested 600 of the freed individuals because they were fighting alongside the Taliban despite pledges that they would not rejoin the battlefield,” the Afghan adviser said.

'Mohib added that intelligence information suggested other freed Taliban prisoners were also involved in making car bombs and directing deadly attacks at Afghan security forces as well as civilians.'



Afghan Official: 600 Freed Taliban Prisoners Rearrested
 

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