Experts group urges delayed US troop pullout in Afghanistan

The United States should urgently re-open talks with the Taliban to delay a full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline agreed to by the Trump administration, a bipartisan experts group recommended Wednesday after months of studying potential pathways to peace. Sticking to the deadline, without first achieving a decline in violence and progress in peace talks, could lead to a collapse of the Afghan state and a resumption of civil war, the Afghan Study Group said in its report. On the other hand, it noted that if the Taliban don’t accept a delay beyond May in complet…

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