South Asia and Beyond

‘Reduction Of Violence Deal With Taliban Reflects The Hurry America Is In’

NEW DELHI: A reduction of violence deal between the Taliban, U.S. and foreign forces as well as the Afghan security personnel has been agreed to from midnight of February 21/22. This will be monitored for a week before an expected U.S.-Taliban agreement signing in Doha on February 29. India’s ex-Ambassador to Afghanistan Gautam Mukhopadhaya and StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P.Revi discuss the contours and specifics of what the agreement means, the potential roadblocks ahead for intra-Afghan talks, full withdrawal of troops vis-a-vis conditional reduction with a residual force, the notorious and internationally banned terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani and his op-ed in The New York Times as well as his network’s roots with Al Qaeda. Ambassador Mukhopadhaya also gives his perspective on the Afghan Presidential election results being announced in the same week as the deal with the Taliban and why only India, Iran, the EU, Sri Lanka and Kuwait have congratulated President Ashraf Ghani, while the U.S, says its watching carefully, Russia warns of the poll controversy and most other countries are holding back as of now.


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Amitabh P. Revi

Russian language speaker and conflict journalist. Amitabh Revi has been there, done that—from the battlefields of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to sublime Russia, Australia and the United States. Along the way he's picked up the Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship, the Ramnath Goenka award for coverage of the Iraq War and RT's Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria.