Taliban Talks: “Vietnamization” Redux?

Former Taliban fighters hand in their guns / GHŌR, Afghanistan (May 28, 2012) – Former Taliban fighters line up to handover their Rifles to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during a reintegration ceremony at the provincial governor’s compound. The re-integrees formally announced their agreement to join the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program during the ceremony. (Department of Defense photograph by Lt. j. g. Joe Painter/RELEASED) / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Former_Taliban_fighters_return_arms.jpg


US and Taliban negotiators have agreed to a framework deal according to US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad.

News of the framework deal is undoubtedly a positive sign as Washington looks to the exits after 17 years of war, casualties, and profligate expenditures. Yet it’s way too early for anyone to be celebrating the news. Only time will tell whether peace can be achieved, and historical precedents have not been favorable for the withdrawing power.

Here’s what we know so far, and what we can expect from a final deal:



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