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Exclusive: Shared Afghanistan interests create opening for U.S.-Iran back channel - sources
FILE PHOTO: An Afghan policeman keeps watch at a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan July 23, 2019.REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts.

Trump meeting advisers on Afghan peace plan
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire U.S. August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Donald Trump was to meet top advisers on Friday to review negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides, a senior administration official said.

Brother of Afghan Taliban leader killed in Pakistan mosque blast
Members of a bomb disposal unit survey the site after a blast at a mosque in Kuchlak, in the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan August 16, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war.
 

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Who are being those kind of such horrible suicide attacks in Afghanistan? What is the purpose? To terrorise the population? Why? Ethnic conflict? Proxy terrorism for gov interests? But a weeding...
Just blood hungry forces? Nazis reincarnated here or what?

Someone here have the decoder? It's completely unclear for me.

Year 2018: 3.084 persons killed including 900 children !
It's insane.
 
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angelburst29

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At least 63 killed, 182 injured in a suicide attack on a wedding reception in Kabul.
It breaks my spirit - with numbing pain - when I sense something like this is developing ... and elements are coming together that mimic past patterns of unprovoked pre-planned destruction and then ... I read the morning headlines of a horrific "Shock-in-Awe" event, beyond my worse fears, splashed all over the front pages of Yahoo and other popular controlled media ... AND the cold, unrelenting numbness - sets in all over again!

Officially, the puppets to the State of Israel - the U.S., the Pentagon and by extension, it's demolition squad "NATO", including the U.K, France and Germany - have infiltrated and occupied Afghanistan for more than 20 years. It's a completely controlled operation. Nothing happens in Afghanistan - by accident"! The name's, the faces, the location and type of manipulative destruction may change but it is all controlled by a conglomerate of occupying foreign forces. The Afghans, unfortunately, are caught in the middle and are the cannon-folder that suffers the repercussions of the various power-plays, initiated by the foreign occupying forces. This recent suicide attack, on a Wedding reception is a prime example of a power-play ... that has NOTHING to do with the victims of this horrendous crime - they are only used as "a way and means of expression" of one elite fraction, over another.

In this case, I suspect the power-play has been orchestrated by the "occupying military forces" against "an elected U.S. President" who has lawfully decreed, through his official position, as Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. Arm Forces, and by expressed order, the supervision of a timely draw-down of all American Forces in the Middle East, including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nearly two years ago, upon Trump's official proclamation, the neo-cons have ignored and done the complete opposite. To side-step the direct order of a top Superior in Command, events have been manufactured to sway the President - to change his priorities and dove tail his actions, to conform to the Neo-con's blueprint. I often think, that some of Trump's indecisiveness "saying one thing and then changing his mind" might be to counter the effects of manipulation and to keep the Neo-con's off guard?

"War by Deception" might in this sense - have a double meaning - when an elected President has to secretly work behind the scenes and in the shadows of "a proxy corrupt governing body" that monitors his every move and conversation. It's past the time, for the scales of Justice to tip in favor of a moral and sensible judgment. How do you change a Country - that has prospered and galvanized itself - as a World leader on the backs of innocent lives and WAR? God Help Us and guide us to make the right decisions towards World Peace.


Trump gets update from aides on Afghan peace plan with troop pullout possible
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire U.S. August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
President Donald Trump was briefed on Friday by top national security advisers on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides.

White House says Afghan peace talks are 'proceeding'
President Donald Trump met with his national security team on Friday to discuss Afghan peace talks and the meeting went "very well, and negotiations are proceeding," the White House said in a statement.

Taliban say killing of leader's brother will not derail U.S. talks
Members of a bomb disposal unit survey the site after a blast at a mosque in Kuchlak, in the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan August 16, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack would not derail talks with the United States aimed at securing the withdrawal of U.S. troops after 18 years of war.

Afghan president says Taliban can't escape blame for deadly bombing
FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday the Taliban could not escape blame for a "barbaric" suicide bomb attack on a wedding hall in the capital, Kabul, that killed 63 people.

Islamic State claims Afghan wedding blast as families bury the dead
Men carry a coffin as they take part in a burial ceremony of the victims of a suicide bomb blast at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees to a pact with the United States.

Peace with whom? After blast, enraged Afghans question talks
An Afghan man inspects a damaged wedding hall after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Outraged Afghans questioned on Sunday the point of negotiations with the Taliban aimed at getting U.S. troops to leave and ending the war, after 63 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in the capital, Kabul.

Families grieve after Kabul wedding blast

An Afghan man mourns during the funeral of his brother after a bomb exploded at a wedding hall killing 63 people and injuring 200 others.

KABUL: Mirwais Elmi’s special night soon became a bloodbath after a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the hotel hall where his wedding ceremony was taking place, killing more than 63 people and injuring 200 others in Kabul on Sunday. Elmi and his bride, who were in separate areas of the venue, survived the blast. The explosion took place just before dinner was to be served to the nearly 1,000 guests who had gathered in the southwest of the city.

The local Daesh affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack Speaking to a private TV channel on Sunday, a shaken Elmi was unable to describe the carnage that took place.

"I am not a Groom today, my family, my friends are all in grief",who is in his early 20s and works as a tailor, said. He added that he never thought “such an incident would happen during my wedding party.”

As survivors buried victims of the attack, an infant’s milk bottle and an invitation card could be seen near one of the hotel’s walls, badly damaged by the blast.

The attack comes as the US and Taliban close in on a peace deal which would lead to the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, nearly 18 years after the Taliban were ousted. The group immediately distanced themselves from the attack and strongly condemned it.

Elmi’s father-in-law lost 14 members of his family, while another man lost three of his sons, four nephews and five of his aunt’s grandchildren, according to survivor accounts.

“My family and my bride are in shock, they cannot speak. My bride keeps fainting. I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives. I will never see happiness in my life again,” he said. All five members of the wedding’s music band were killed. The groom and bride’s families, like many of those attending the ceremony, belonged to poor families.

None of the guests were government officials sought by Daesh or other militant groups.
Daesh claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63; Afghan PM says Taliban also to blame

Afghan men carry the bodies of the victims during a mass funeral after a suicide bomb blast at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 18, 2019. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

Afghan men dig graves during a mass funeral after a suicide bomb blast at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 18, 2019. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

KABUL: The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan grieved again.

Published on Aug 18, 2019 (0:57 min.)
 

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Afghanistan blasts wound dozens on Independence Day
A man caries a wounded person to the hospital after a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Parwiz

A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 66 people, officials said, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.

Afghanistan blasts wound dozens on Independence Day
A member of Afghan security forces runs after a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Parwiz

A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 66 people, officials said, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.
 

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Analyst: Graham’s ‘warning’ was actually a threat from the Deep State against Afghan withdrawal
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US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Senator Graham’s warning to Trump to not reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan “looks like a threat on behalf of the Deep State” against the president, Don DeBar has said.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s warning to Donald Trump to not reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan “looks like a threat on behalf of the Deep State” against the president, American journalist and political commentator Don DeBar has said.

In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, the senator from the South Carolina said the US troop level should not go below 8,600, arguing that a large-scale withdrawal from the war-torn country could pose a grave threat to US national security.

“Mr. President, if you don't have a counter-terrorism force left behind, even if you've got a deal with the Taliban — which I doubt, but you might — they don't have the capability or will to protect the American homeland,” Graham said.

"I am concerned that the president, in his desire to get out, is going to make the same mistake that President Obama did in Iraq," he added.

Asked by CBS host Margaret Brennan how many US troops should remain in Afghanistan, Graham said: “The number is gonna be around 8,600. To go below that I think would be really risky.”

Graham claimed that the US troops in Afghanistan are an "insurance policy against another 9/11," alleging that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks took place because the US was not focused on Afghanistan.

The US currently has about 13,000 troops in Afghanistan.

PressTV-Sen. Graham warns Trump not to pull out of Afghanistan
Commenting to Press TV on Monday, Debar said, "This looks more like a threat than anything else to me, a threat by Graham on behalf of the deep state against Trump, lest he dare think about fulfilling his campaign promise to put an end to these permanent wars. In essence, he's saying that Langley created ISIS (Daesh) to thwart a pullout from Iraq and they're ready to do the same in Afghanistan".

"Now this has to be considered in the context of a power struggle between Trump and his circle on one hand, and the proponents of these wars on the other,
and that against the timeline of the 2020 election and his second term if Trump gets reelected,” he added.

“Next year, they need him to keep their seats. Ask Senator Ted Cruz about that. After that, it's all about impeachment votes in the Senate,” he said.

“Now consider the role Graham is trying to play, but in that context - think about the bloc of votes he represents in the Senate. And
what he is doing in essence is telegraphing to Trump: ‘Hey, maybe you can pull out right now, but we can start that war any time, either during the election to tag you with another ISIS, or afterwards, and will impeach you at will after the election,” he noted.


Trump has repeatedly advocated for bringing US troops back from Afghanistan, putting him at odds with hawkish Republican lawmakers like Graham.

PressTV-Trump says US role in Afghanistan 'ridiculous' police force
PressTV-Trump says US role in Afghanistan 'ridiculous' police force
US president describes American military role in Afghanistan as a "ridiculous" police force.


US officials have held several rounds of direct negotiations with the Taliban to pull out American forces in exchange for concessions. The militant group says it does not recognize the government in Kabul.

The negotiations in the Qatari capital take place almost 18 years after the US military invaded Afghanistan to overthrow a ruling Taliban regime.

American forces have since remained bogged down in Afghanistan through the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now, Donald Trump.

Both Trump and the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates have said "they would bring the troops home", but Graham said Sunday, "They're all wrong".

Graham said he is "concerned" that Trump is going to "make the same mistake that President Obama did in Iraq" by pulling out the troops.

"You may get a peace deal with the Taliban, but you'll never get a peace deal with al Qaeda or ISIS (Daesh)," Graham said.
 

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Russia says ready to be guarantor for any Afghan peace deal between U.S. and Taliban
FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of the Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia is ready to be a guarantor of any peace deal for Afghanistan agreed between the United States and the Taliban, the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Taliban says near agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan
FILE PHOTO: U.S. military advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade sit at an Afghan National Army base in Maidan Wardak province, Afghanistan August 6, 2018.  REUTERS/James Mackenzie/File Photo

The Taliban said on Wednesday it was close to an agreement with U.S. officials on a deal that would see U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban promise that the country would not become a haven for international militants.

Taliban kill 14 pro-government militia in Afghanistan: officials
Taliban militants killed at least 14 members of a pro-government militia in Afghanistan on Wednesday, said officials, as Taliban and U.S. officials near a deal aimed at ending the 18-year war.
 

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'Afghanistan will always be under the US occupation,' says Trump.

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Top challenger of Afghan president says ready to quit elections for peace
FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah speaks at the India-Afghanistan international trade and investment show, in Mumbai, India, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's main challenger in a election next month has said he is ready to abandon his bid for power for the sake of peace, raising more questions about prospects for an election the Taliban have vowed to block.

U.S. says 'premature' to discuss future Afghan counterterrorism mission
FILE PHOTO: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford arrives to testify before a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on the proposed FY2020 budget for the Defense Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

The top U.S. military officer said on Wednesday it was too early to talk about the future of U.S. counterterrorism forces in Afghanistan, as U.S and Taliban forces appear close to an agreement to end the 18-year war.
 

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U.S. service member killed in combat in Afghanistan
August 30, 2019 - A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan during combat operations, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement on Friday, as the United States seeks to reach a negotiated end to the nearly 18-year-old war.

Trump says U.S. has good negotiations with Taliban but no deal yet
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., before his departure to Camp David, August 30, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States had good negotiations going on with the Taliban but had not yet reached a deal with the Islamist group on U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

In Trump's team, misgivings emerge over any deal with Taliban in Afghanistan: U.S. officials
FILE PHOTO: U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

As negotiators work to nail down an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, misgivings have grown among some Trump administration officials and lawmakers that it will erode the United States' ability to thwart attacks from there, U.S. officials said.
 

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Oh, I'm lov-ing it! This just made my day! Hope it's a hint ... of better things to come?

(BTW John, with the College kids going back for 1st semesters, I hear there's plenty of new entry level openings at McDonald's?)


Sat. Aug 31 2019 - Report: Bolton Excluded from Afghan Policy Decisions After Irritating Trump
Report: Bolton Excluded from Afghan Policy Decisions After Irritating Trump

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton has been kept out of any discussions related to the ongoing US-Taliban negotiations because of his opposition to diplomacy has irritated President Donald Trump, US media reported.:dance:

Bolton has called for an expanded military presence in Afghanistan and also opposed Trump's efforts to negotiate with North Korea and any potential engagement with Iran,The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials.

The ninth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban movement in the Qatari capital of Doha entered its eighth day on Thursday. The parties have been negotiating a potential deal that calls for the extraction of US forces in exchange for Taliban counterterror assurances.

Earlier, Trump told reporters that US-Taliban negotiations were going well but no deal has been reached "yet".

After the peace deal is signed, inter-Afghan talks between the Taliban and other political movements are reportedly expected to begin.

The Taliban also reportedly insisted, however, that the Afghan authorities should participate in the talks not as a government but as a political movement.

The US-Taliban talks come ahead of the September presidential election in Afghanistan. The Taliban has threatened to disrupt the election, while the government has vowed to safeguard the democratic process.

On Thursday, Trump vowed the United States would leave 8,600 troops in Afghanistan regardless of the outcome of the talks.

Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied recent reports about what was agreed during peace talks with US officials in Qatar, saying everyone should wait for the negotiations to end.

"Some social media broadcast some material about a peace agreement of Qatar talks. These materials … are not original. Hopefully no one should broadcast about this before the last discussions," he noted.

Another Taliban spokesman announced this week that the negotiators were closing in on a peace deal that will ensure an end to the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

The US launched its so-called Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in October 2001, a month after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

Taliban, Afghan forces clash in northern Afghan city amid peace talks with U.S.
Taliban forces attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, setting off hours of gun battles, even as U.S. negotiators move closer to finalizing a deal with the insurgents for the withdrawal of American troops from the country.

Aug 30 2019 - Trump: 8,600 US Troops Will Stay in Afghanistan
Trump: 8,600 US Troops Will Stay in Afghanistan

Trump announced the possible drawdown on Thursday morning in an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. Even if an agreement is reached with the Taliban militants, there would be no complete reduction of the military personnel. Rather the presence of US troops in the country – now at around 14,000 – will be cut by nearly 40 percent.

“We're going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there,” Trump said. Additional cuts could come later, but not a complete withdrawal.

Aug 29 2019 - Russia Concerned About West's Double Standards in Relation to Daesh in Afghanistan
Russia Concerned About West's Double Standards in Relation to Daesh in Afghanistan

Undoubtedly, fight against terrorism should be free of double standards... There is alarming information... that some Western colleagues have double standards in relation to this terrorist organisation banned by the UN Security Council and try to use them to accomplish their unilateral geopolitical tasks in Afghanistan," Lavrov told a press conference after talks with his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Sputnik reported.

The Foreign Minister also commented on US President Donald Trump 's call on Russia and other regional powers, including India, to step up the fight against Daesh in Afghanistan.

"Fight against terrorism and drug trafficking that funds it — all of this is in the focus of our position on Afghanistan. And the goal of all our efforts, which we have undertaken in both the Moscow format and Russia-US-China format — we would like to involve other countries in the work [in this format], including India, Pakistan, and Iran — all of these efforts are aimed at facilitating a political settlement that would be accepted by all ethnic, religious and political groups and that would be based on broad national consensus, while eliminating threat of terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking from Afghanistan", Lavrov added.
 

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Taliban claim blast in Afghan capital as draft peace deal agreed
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion that rocked the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more and shaking windows and doors in houses several kilometers away from the blast.

U.S., Taliban near Afghanistan deal, fighting intensifies in north
FILE PHOTO: U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal that would open the way for peace in Afghanistan, a top U.S. official said on Sunday, as the insurgents followed their weekend assault on the strategic center of Kunduz by attacking a second northern city.

U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, close bases: U.S. negotiator
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets with U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan September 2, 2019. Afghan Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS
The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, the chief U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Monday.

Afghan president wants U.S. to share details of draft deal with all leaders: spokesman
FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday told the U.S envoy for Afghanistan to share details of a draft deal between the U.S. and Taliban with all Afghan leaders, the president's spokesman said.
 

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Commenting to Press TV on Monday, Debar said, "This looks more like a threat than anything else to me, a threat by Graham on behalf of the deep state against Trump, lest he dare think about fulfilling his campaign promise to put an end to these permanent wars. In essence, he's saying that Langley created ISIS (Daesh) to thwart a pullout from Iraq and they're ready to do the same in Afghanistan".

"Now this has to be considered in the context of a power struggle between Trump and his circle on one hand, and the proponents of these wars on the other,
and that against the timeline of the 2020 election and his second term if Trump gets reelected,” he added.
Checking local news and weather this morning, noticed this question on the right side-bar ...

Forecast

What Do You Think?

According to a NY Times report, Senior White House advisors have proposed secretly expanding the CIA's presents in Afghanistan if International forces begin to withdraw, but CIA and military officials have reservations. Do you think the CIA's presents in Afghanistan should be expanded?

0 - Absolutely
0 - Possibly
0 - Not at all
0 - No opinion

Comment - Could one view this question - as "an open omission" that the CIA is heavily entrenched in Afghanistan and that it is - the CIA that has a heavy hand in stalling and blocking Trump's Presidential Order's to foster a Peace Agreement and withdraw troops?

Aug 30 2019 - Trump: 8,600 US Troops Will Stay in Afghanistan
Trump announced the possible drawdown on Thursday morning in an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. Even if an agreement is reached with the Taliban militants, there would be no complete reduction of the military personnel. Rather the presence of US troops in the Country - now at around 14,000 – will be cut by nearly 40 percent.

"We're going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there,” Trump said. Additional cuts could come later, but not a complete withdrawal.
And close five (5) military bases ...

U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, close bases: U.S. negotiator
The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, the chief U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Monday.
Comment - So what does that tell us - that over eight thousand military personnel in Afghanistan are under "the direct supervision of the CIA"? Is it also a subtle open omission - that the CIA are the main supporting and supervising force - behind Daesh and it's activities? Is this what is meant by Russia's reference "as double standards"?

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CIA intervention?
Taliban claim blast in Afghan capital as draft peace deal agreed
Afghan policemen inspect the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion that rocked the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more and shaking windows and doors in houses several kilometers away from the blast.

Deadly Taliban attack in Afghan capital casts shadow on peace deal
Injured men receive treatment at the hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A Taliban attack on a housing complex used by international organizations in the Afghan capital, Kabul, late on Monday killed at least 16 people and angered local residents who demanded the heavily fortified compound be moved.
 

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Full U.S. pullout from Afghanistan could ignite 'total civil war': ex-U.S. envoys
FILE PHOTO: U.S. military advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade work with Afghan soldiers at an artillery position on an Afghan National Army base in Maidan Wardak province, Afghanistan August 6, 2018. REUTERS/James Mackenzie/File Photo
Nine former US Ambassadors on Tuesday warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a "total civil war" if President Donald Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before the Kabul government and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement.

“A major troop withdrawal must be contingent on a final peace,” the nine wrote on the website of the Atlantic Council, a think tank. “The initial U.S. drawdown should not go so far or so fast that the Taliban believe they can achieve military victory.”

The nine, including five former ambassadors to Kabul, a former special envoy to Afghanistan and a former deputy secretary of State, issued their warning a day after U.S. chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad announced a draft accord with the Taliban for an initial drawdown of nearly 5,000 U.S. troops.

Trump has made clear his impatience to withdraw all US forces and end America's longest war, which began with a U.S. invasion triggered by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that al Qaeda launched from then Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

Khalilzad said Trump must approve the draft before it can be signed.
 
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