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U.S. suspends offensive operations in Afghanistan

Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 22, 2020
The U.S. has stopped all offensive operations against Taliban militants in Afghanistan as part of an effort to reduce violence in the country for seven days.
Austin Scott Miller
Peace in Afghanistan   U.S. General Austin Scott Miller
“Our operations are defensive at this point,” U.S. General Austin Scott Miller said in a press conference in Kabul Saturday. “We stopped our offensive operations as part of our obligations, but we remain committed to defend our forces as well as defending Afghan security forces.”

Topics: U.S. Afghanistan

The reduction of violence is a “conditional effort; it’s a trial period” to see if all sides including the Taliban are able to meet their obligations, Miller said.

If the Taliban also reduces the violence for the next week, the U.S. will then sign a peace agreement with the militants on Feb. 29 intended to end America’s longest-running war. That deal would pave the way for a troop withdrawal and new talks with Afghanistan’s government.