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Early U.S. Troop Pullout May Upset Fragile Intra-Afghan Talks

  • Early U.S. exit benefits Taliban, demoralizes Kabul: Bokhari
  • Taliban efforts to topple government to continue if talks fail
    
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A Taliban official said signs that U.S. President Donald Trump will hasten the exit of all American troops from Afghanistan would force the country’s warring groups to finally negotiate peace, but experts worry the move may give the militant group the upper hand.

The group has welcomed Trump’s comments earlier this month about bringing remaining U.S. troops “home by Christmas,” while the Afghan government has expressed serious concerns about rising Taliban attacks and cautioned it against using violence as leverage in talks.