Quick US pullout to fuel bloodshed, warns Daudzai
2 Feb 2019 9:01
Reporter : Hafizullah Rajabi
A quick US troop pullout will fuel violence and bloodshed in Afghanistan, High Peace Council head Omar Daudzai fears.
In an interview with CNN on Friday, he warned a disorderly US withdrawal would create a vacuum. As a result, bloodshed would increase, Daudzai argued.
About recent peace talks between the United States and Taliban in Doha, the former ambassador said neither side had fully agreed to anything.
As the Taliban wanted a clear US commitment to a withdrawal schedule, Washington asked the rebel movement to attack al Qaeda and ISIS after the deal, the ex-interior minister explained.
The Taliban were not willing for direct talks with the Afghan government, he acknowledged, saying Kabul was ready dialogue with the militant group
Daudzai said: "I think Taliban leaders are worried that unless there is a withdrawal schedule announced, if they meet with the Afghan government (it) would demoralise their commanders and field soldiers…”
With regard to Kabul’s position on the possible US military exit, Daudzai said: "We don't see any practical consequences yet. But pressure from President Trump in a way creates concern and opportunity."
Also on Friday, Trump tweeted he had inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan. "We spend $50 Billion a year in Afghanistan and have hit them so hard that we are now talking peace after 18 long years."