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Taliban Already Violated Doha Agreement Addressing Afghani Transitions, and Their Material Breach Also Has Prevented the Doha Aggremeent From Being Fulfilled; the United States Need Not Stay Out

The Doha Agreement between the United States and the Taliban, addressing U.S. and allied withdrawal and Afghanistan's future, clearly anticipated peaceful negotiations among Afghani parties as the basis for the roadmap for any Afghani transition.

The Taliban's aggressive, militant galloping across the country to seize control clearly violated the Doha Agreement. Their breach meant that the United States need not withdraw and could return.

Some elements of the Doha Agreement include:

"... A comprehensive peace agreement is made of four parts:

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4. A permanent and comprehensive ceasefire will be an item on the agenda of the intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations. The participants of intra-Afghan negotiations will discuss the date and modalities of a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, including joint implementation mechanisms, which will be announced along with the completion and agreement over the future political roadmap of Afghanistan."

Moreover, the agreement indicates that the requirement of internal Aghani dialogue and negotations is interrelated with added elements relating to the U.S. withdrawal of forces and guarantees against Afghanistan being used to create security threats against the United States and U.S. allies.

Indeed, it is said that other elements, such as U.S. withdrawal, are meant to "pave the way" towards negotations among Afghani parties to map out Afghanistan's future:

"The four parts above are interrelated and each will be implemented in accordance with its own agreed timeline and agreed terms. Agreement on the first two parts paves the way for the last two parts."

As a result, the Taliban, through their aggressive military moves, "short-circuited," frustrated and obstructed the main flow of the intended manifestations of the Agreement.

Cynically, even now, the Taliban seek to invoke the agreement, to complain about the United States still keeping a senior Taliban official on a terrorist list. So the Taliban clearly admit the fact of the Agreement's signing and intended implementation.

Yet they are fundamentally in breach of its fundamental requirements. As a result, the United States would not be bound to comply with agreed-upon promises to withdraw or abstain from renewed involvement in Afghanistan's internal affairs.

[PDF] Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America - 2.29.20

 

Key Words:Afghanistan, Baradar the Butcher, Taliban

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