Armed Forces News

U.S. troops could be out of Afghanistan by May 2021, under the peace agreement signed Feb. 29 in Doha, Qatar, by the U.S. and Taliban representatives. The withdrawal hinges upon how the Taliban adheres to its promise to negotiate with the existing Afghan government, and cease both terrorist activities and combat actions, the Pentagon announced.

“Central to this agreement are measures that prevent the use of Afghan soil by terrorist groups or other individuals who seek to harm the United States or our allies,” Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said. “The United States will watch the Taliban’s actions closely to judge whether their efforts towards peace are in good faith.”

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Under the agreement, NATO forces also would reduce their presence there.