Continued violence on both sides remains an obstacle to a final peace agreement. During the preliminary talks, the Taliban continued to fight on the battlefield and launched terrorist attacks in the capital and also threatened the 2019 Afghan presidential elections on September 28.  According to U.S. Air Force statistics released in February 2020, the United States dropped more bombs on Afghanistan in 2019 than in 2013 “The agreement explicitly calls on the Taliban to engage with other Afghans in intra-Afghan negotiations, where they will discuss the modalities and date of a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire,” a State Department official said. “There`s a lot of mistrust, decades of fighting, so it`s not going to be easy.” However, experts point out that the agreement between the government of U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Taliban leaders is only the first step toward a lasting peace. The biggest challenge, they say, will be negotiating an agreement between the Islamist fundamentalist group and the Afghan government on the future of Afghanistan. Many Afghans, exhausted by a war that has killed thousands of people and forced millions to flee, fear that a U.S. withdrawal could trigger new conflicts and ultimately allow the Taliban to regain control. After nine roundtable discussions, negotiators signed a peace agreement in February 2020 that addresses four key themes: “The Taliban must abide by the agreement, especially with regard to their promises to sever relations with terrorists,” Pompeo told the State Department earlier this week. We are deeply concerned about the fight against terrorism and ensure that the homeland is never attacked.
That is one of the fundamental foundations of what President Trump has presented to us. It is totally absurd to think that the Afghan government and the Taliban will find an outcome for Afghan women that is in line with our values. The fact that the United States reached this agreement without a clear statement of our expectations for women`s rights is one of our principles and that is precisely why we have fought so long and hard. Simply abandoning the plight of Afghan women to intra-Afghan dialogue is a massive abandonment of the American and international responsibility to support universal human rights. Let us be clear: the Taliban will never give Afghan women the respect and place they deserve in future Afghan society. The fact that the U.S. government thinks otherwise is either the culmination of naivety, or the deliberate abandonment of these women, or both. A State Department official expressed admiration for the Taliban leadership`s concern for the release of their fighters and added, “The agreement explicitly states that those who will be released must make commitments, that they will not return to the battlefield and that they will support the agreement.” The United States and the Taliban have reached an agreement that paves the way for possible peace in Afghanistan. U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad and the leader of the Islamist militant group, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, signed the potentially historic agreement in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday, in which the two sides had reforested their details for months. Nine talks were held in Doha, the capital of Qatar where the Taliban have an office, which began in 2018. The United States and the Taliban agreed last summer, but President Trump left the talks after a U.S.
service provider was killed in a Car Bomb Attack in September in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Despite the peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban, insurgent attacks on Afghan security forces have reportedly intensified in the country. In the 45 days following the agreement (between March 1 and April 15, 2020), the Taliban carried out more than 4,500 attacks in Afghanistan, an increase of more than 70% over the same period last year.  More than 900 Afghan security forces were killed during this period, compared to about 520 in the same period the previous year.