Five US bases in Afghanistan Shut as Part of Peace Agreement With Taliban

The bases that have been shut are the ones located in Uruzgan, Laghman, Paktika and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan

Five American bases in Afghanistan have been closed in compliance with the peace agreement inked with the country's Taliban in February, said a US official in Kabul on Tuesday. , according to the unidentified official.

The US continues "our counter-terror fight against groups like IS and Al Qaeda while also providing training, funding and supplies to ANDSF through the NATO RS mission", said the US Military spokesman in Afghanistan.

Deal Unimplemented In Parts

Military Base
Military Base (Representational Picture) Wikimedia Commons

US troops in the country have been reduced to 8,600. NATO has around 12,000 troops under the Resolute Support mission, which includes a portion of the 8,600 total US troops, according to the Resolute Support mission.

The US-Taliban deal signed on February 29 in Doha has remained unimplemented in some parts of the agreement, such as a reduction in violence and intra-Afghan negotiations, which should have happened 135 days after the accord.

The intra-Afghan talks have not started and violence has not been reduced, TOLO News reported. Monday was the 136th day after the peace deal was signed, which raises hopes among the Afghan people and political elites who believed it would lead the country towards negotiations.

Government Blames Taliban

The Afghan government has blamed the Taliban for not implementing their commitments, saying the movements by the group should be scrutinized after the peace deal. The prisoner exchange between the Afghan government and the Taliban is another complicated process that has delayed the intra-Afghan negotiations. The process should have happened 10 days after the peace deal, according to the agreement.

"Their (Taliban's) key responsibility was a significant reduction in violence and an 'unofficial' ceasefire. Another responsibility of theirs was to cut their ties with all terrorist groups, but you saw in recent reports by the UN and US that this has not happened so far," presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said. "A big role in the peace process is on the Taliban's shoulders."

(With inputs from agencies)