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Ex-Pentagon chief calls Trump deal with Taliban a «ruse»

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump never planned to fully withdraw the American contingent from Afghanistan. This was reported by Defense One on August 18, citing the words of former acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller.

He told reporters that Trump's deal with the Taliban to withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan by May 1 was actually a “ploy” and a negotiating tactic.

In reality, the Trump administration allegedly intended to persuade Ashraf Ghani to step down as president of Afghanistan or to agree to power-sharing with the Taliban, with the Taliban having the upper hand.

“The whole advanced political strategy was that Ghani would have to deal with the Taliban. And it would not be a 50/50 split between the Afghan government and the Taliban. We knew that. It was going to be 75/25 [majority with the Taliban] and then it would become an interim government,” Miller said.

The assumption was that about 800 U.S. troops under the new government would be able to stay in Afghanistan to continue fighting terrorism.

“There would be a new government. “The Taliban would no longer exist as an independent organization. The deal would have been null and void. The whole idea was that the Taliban would agree [to extend the presence of U.S. forces]<...> We would call it 'security assistance' so they could save face,” the former Pentagon chief explained.

As Defense One notes, at least one Trump administration official disagreed with Miller's claims. According to him, the White House did try to get Ghani to step down as president of Afghanistan, but the Taliban “would never allow any U.S. military to stay” in the Islamic republic.

Earlier in the day, U.S. President Joe Biden said that his predecessor Donald Trump's agreement with the Taliban had helped avoid attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

At the same time, the day before, Trump said that he considered the operation to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan the greatest humiliation for the United States. He called the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan remarkable but stressed that no one had ever carried out the withdrawal process worse than Biden.

The situation in Afghanistan began to worsen after the U.S. began withdrawing its troops in early May 2021, planning to complete the operation by the end of August.

On August 15, the Taliban entered Kabul, after which they declared the “end of the war” in Afghanistan. They intend to declare the establishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and also demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. In turn, President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country.

The next day, in response to criticism of the decision to withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan, Biden said that he did not regret it. He stressed that there was no better time to withdraw the military contingent from Afghanistan and that a refusal would have meant an escalation of the conflict.

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There are enough people and Afghan army personnel to overthrow the Taliban.
There are some 80,000 Taliban fighters,yet there's a reported 5 million residents alone in Kabul.
If they were that bothered about the brutal regime taking over the country, why don't the whole Afghan nation all band together, stick together and just overwhelm the Taliban.
Yes people will die but millions of people mobilised against the Taliban will overthrow them.
Stop putting blame on other nations that have kept them relatively safe for decades.
Rise up the Afghan nation and take back your lands and rid yourselves of the taliban permanently.
Dont let the British, USA ,and countless other countries troops die in vain, for you to lay down and die. Help yourselves.

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