US official: American forces started withdrawing from Afghanistan

The Associated Press reported on Monday quoting from a US official that the United States has begun withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan as required in accordance with the agreement with the Taliban in the Qatari capital, Doha.

The US Department of Defense had drawn up plans for the initial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan, but it was likely that the violence in the country would not end, even after the United States and the "Taliban" signed a peace agreement, as the US Defense Secretary Mark Esper authorized, on March 3, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan the General Scott Miller to make the decision for starting the initial withdrawal which will take place within ten days.

Moreover, on February 29, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in the Qatari capital, Doha in a step that paves the way for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and an end to the 18-year-old war in a country suffers from the scourge of violence.

The agreement provides for the complete withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan within 14 months.

The agreement states that the United States will work immediately with all parties concerned to release the political prisoners and fighters, as well as Washington and the Afghan government release of 5,000 captives, while the Taliban will release about a thousand prisoners by March 10."

The agreement also includes the United States lifting sanctions on members of the "Taliban" by August 2020.

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