U.S., Taliban Reach Violence Reduction Pact

Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Esper

Could lead to U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Announced Friday, the United States reached agreement with the Taliban on a weeklong reduction of violence that could lead to a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The announcement followed a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during a conference in Munich. It came one day after President Donald Trump said there was a “good chance” of reaching an agreement with the Taliban on a reduction of American troops nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion.

The reduction of violence agreement covers the entire country and applies to Afghan forces also, even though the Afghan government had ben excluded from talks between the U.S. and Taliban in Qatar. The agreement applies to everything: roadside bombs, suicide bombs, rocket attacks—all of it is written out.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper as they continue to work to create peace around the world between the U.S. and foreign powers. 
  • For wisdom for Pentagon officials as they continue the effort to withdraw forces from Afghanistan. 
  • For safety for the service men and women who put themselves in harm’s way each and every day to protect the nation.

Sources: Reuters, ABC News


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