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2021-01-29T18:16:44.112Z

The Biden administration is examining the agreement Trump signed with the extremist organization, and the Pentagon said it did not disengage from al-Qaeda and reduce the violence as promised. 2,500 American troops remain in the country, and they are due to leave by May under the agreement. Taliban: "US bombs civilians"



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The growing violence of the Taliban is calling into question the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Biden administration is examining the agreement Trump signed with the extremist organization, and the Pentagon said it did not disengage from al-Qaeda and reduce the violence as promised.

2,500 American troops remain in the country, and they are due to leave by May under the agreement.

Taliban: "US bombs civilians"

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The completion of the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan by May is questionable due to the escalation of violence by the Taliban, said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

He said Washington was committed to an agreement signed in February last year, but noted that the Taliban had pledged to disengage from al-Qaeda and reduce its offensive operations.

Similar to what senior military and security officials have said in recent months, a Pentagon spokesman has accused the extremist organization of failing to meet its obligations.



"Without fulfilling their commitments to shake off terrorism and stop their violent attacks against Afghanistan's national security forces, it is very difficult to see a clear path to a permanent settlement," Kirby said.

"But we are still committed to it. We want to end this war, but we want to do it responsibly."

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Completion of the withdrawal is questionable.

Taliban and US representatives sign end of hostilities, February 2020 (Photo: Reuters)

The new administration in Washington has made it clear that President Joe Biden plans to re-examine the agreement signed under the tenure of former President Donald Trump.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told his Afghan counterpart last week that the new administration would "examine" the agreement, and new Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Wednesday that the administration wants to "understand exactly what is in the agreement" before deciding how to proceed.



Under the agreement, the United States was required to reduce its forces to 2,500 troops, and then withdraw all forces by May.

Trump has ordered the military to reach this order of power in recent days for his administration, leaving Biden with tough decisions regarding how to maintain room for maneuver with the Taliban to support peace talks.



Some U.S. officials have questioned the rationale behind the withdrawal from Afghanistan, while the scale of the violence remains high.

In recent months, another dimension has been added to the protracted conflict - targeted assassinations of journalists, rights activists and women and other senior officials.

Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the current number of troops, compared to 13,000 last year, was enough to continue the main activity of the United States military in the country, the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Plans to re-examine the agreement signed under Trump's tenure.

Biden (Photo: Reuters)

Representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government continued their peace talks in Qatar earlier this month, where the Taliban is running a political bureau.

The fragmented talks are supposed to lead to the end of decades of fighting, but the frustration and anxieties have increased due to the rising violence, and the two sides are blaming each other.



In Doha, a Taliban spokesman said the United States was the one that regularly violated the agreement and "bombed civilians in violation of human rights," after in recent months assisting air forces in Afghan forces in several provinces.



A spokesman for the organization, Zbihullah Mujahid, said US allegations against the organization were "unfounded" and that he was "completely committed" to the agreement.

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