Peace talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban, which never made substantial progress, didn’t begin until after the release of the prisoners.
Author: Nate Hanson
Published: 3:57 PM EDT August 30, 2021
Updated: 3:57 PM EDT August 30, 2021
Did the Trump administration agree to the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners?
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani
Shuhail Shaheen, Taliban spokesperson in Qatar
U.S. Congressional Research Service
Council on Foreign Relations
This is true.
Yes, as part of a deal made with the Taliban in 2020, the Trump administration agreed to the release of up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of up to 1,000 prisoners “of the other side.”
WHAT WE FOUND
The Trump administration and the Taliban reached an agreement on February 29, 2020, in Doha, Qatar, to pursue peace in Afghanistan.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the agreement was a “historic opportunity” and the first step toward potential peace in Afghanistan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed the agreement, although warned the U.S. must be vigilant in dealing with the Taliban. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the agreement was “an important initial step,” but that much more work must be done to achieve peace.
and then gave the Afghanistan army Humvees, tanks, guns, airplanes, etc. But the Afghani army after finding out their paychecks from the USA were ending, laid down their arms and gave it all to the Taliban. Dumbest fucking war ever!