Ghani’s government has been shut out of the evolving peace talks between Taliban negotiators and US envoys, with the hardline Islamist movement branding his government a US puppet. “It is important that the Afghan government is involved in discussions regarding Afghanistan,” Shanahan told a small group of reporters traveling with him on the unannounced trip. He said he could not make any guarantees because US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was leading the talks. Officials have expressed concern that if US troops leave, Afghanistan security forces, already stretched thin, could crumble. “What we see here today is how capability is being generated and the commitment of special forces to fighting the Taliban,” Shanahan said.
Source: Egypt Independent February 11, 2019 10:41 UTC