Taliban ecstatic that US is pulling troops from Afghanistan

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The Taliban welcomed the news of President Trump’s plan to withdraw half of US troops in Afghanistan by the summer, while Afghan generals warned Friday it would be a blow to the morale of the country’s beleaguered security forces.

The announcement seemed certain to complicate efforts to reach a peace deal, mostly because it gives the Taliban leverage.

“I believe the Taliban will see this as a reason to stall, and therefore it disincentivizes the Taliban to actually talk to the Afghan government,” said Bill Roggio, an Afghanistan analyst with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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