The Taliban and the Trump Card

| Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs

U.S. and Taliban officials have agreed to a framework for a possible deal that could see a Taliban guarantee that Afghanistan will not be used by terrorist organizations or individuals in the future in exchange for, among other things, a full U.S. troop withdrawal. 

In an announcement on Monday, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said there was still much to work out, but showed optimism that a deal could be reached, leaving many who have spent years in the country, concerned.

Cipher Brief Expert and former Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt (Ret.) writes that what concerns him most is what wasn’t said about a possible deal with the Taliban, and the possibility that the U.S. will ultimately play the Trump card.

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Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, US Army (Ret) was the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs from 2008-2009. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Affairs from 2006-2008. These positions followed a 30-year career in the military with service as Deputy Director for Strategy and Plans at US Central Command, Deputy Director of Operations for Coalition Forces in Iraq and significant command assignments worldwide. He currently leads a... Read More

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