General Milley Admits Taliban Have Violated Agreements And Are Still Loyal To Al-Qaida

( )- The Taliban has indeed violated its end of the withdrawal agreement it had with the United States, and it did so on multiple occasions.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told that to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

In February of 2020, the agreement in question was signed in Doha, Qatar, by Zalmay Khalizad, the negotiator for the U.S., and Taliban Deputy Emir Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The agreement was never signed by the government of Afghanistan at the time.

Terms of the agreement stated that the Taliban would prevent all terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, from using the country of Afghanistan to plot terrorist attacks against America. The Taliban also said it would follow all international refugee and migration laws.

But, as Milley said in testimony on Tuesday:

“Under the Doha agreement, the U.S. would begin to withdraw its forces, contingent upon the Taliban meeting certain conditions, which would lead to a political agreement between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.

“There were seven conditions applicable to the Taliban and eight conditions applicable to the U.S. While the Taliban did not attack U.S. forces, which was one of the conditions, it failed to fully honor any, any, other condition under the Doha agreement, and perhaps most importantly, for U.S. national security, the Taliban has never renounced al-Qaida or broken its affiliation with them. We, the United States, adhered to every condition.”

According to a report released by the United Nations that was published in June of 2020, the Taliban never adhered to any of the provisions regarding counter-terrorism in that agreement.

The report found the “Taliban regularly consulted with [al-Qaida] during negotiations with the United States and offered guarantees that it would honor their historical ties.”

Even after that report was released, though, officials within the Trump administration said the Taliban would hold up their end of the bargain.

On September 11 of 2020, Mike Pompeo, who was then serving as secretary of state under former President Donald Trump, said:

“There are less than a couple hundred al-Qaida left in Afghanistan. The vast majority of their senior leadership is no longer on the battlefield.

“There are a series of commitments that the Taliban have made. We have every expectation that they will follow through on them.”

Pompeo did say, though, that the withdrawal from Afghanistan was “conditioned on them executing their obligations under the agreement.”

The Biden administration never followed through on that promise that Pompeo made. Instead, they withdrew all U.S. troops from the country in a very hasty fashion, which resulted in a lot of calamity, terror and fear.

Now, the region is very much dangerous, and the U.S. is trying to set up agreements with neighboring countries so they can monitor the situation and keep tabs on what the Taliban is doing now that they have full control of Afghanistan.