U.S. and Taliban Locked in Chess Match to Decide Afghanistan’s Fate

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During a primetime address to the nation last Monday, President Donald Trump laid out his vision for the United States in Afghanistan: “our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win.” Standing in front of a large audience of U.S. service members and key members of his Cabinet, Trump told the American people, “from now on, victory will have a clear definition. Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.”

General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, reinforced this as he articulated his message for the Taliban on Friday: “die or reconcile.”

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