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02 March 2020 Military News

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  • US Starts Afghan Withdraw Amid Mixed Messages VOA 02 Mar 2020 -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States will begin a partial withdrawal down to 8,600 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the coming days, as the Taliban and the U.S. issued conflicting messages about future violence in the war-torn nation.
  • US-Taliban Afghan Peace Deal Suffers Early Blows VOA 02 Mar 2020 -- The Afghan Taliban on Monday urged the United States to fulfill its obligations under a newly-signed agreement and secure the release of 5,000 insurgent prisoners from the custody of the Afghan government.
  • Taliban Agreement Is Afghanistan's Best Chance for Peace, Esper Says DoD News 02 Mar 2020 -- The joint declaration between the United States and the Afghan government is the best chance to bring peace to Afghanistan and return U.S. service members home, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said during a news conference today.
  • Iran: Deal with Taliban serves 'illegitimate' US goals Press TV 02 Mar 2020 -- Iran says a recent deal between the United States and the Taliban does not reflect Washington's respect for Afghanistan's sovereignty, noting that any such agreement has to be an inclusive one that brings all Afghan sides together.
  • Afghan Taliban Ends Partial Truce As Deadly Bombing Hits Near Soccer Ground RFE/RL 02 Mar 2020 -- The Taliban have announced an end to a partial truce in the country as a deadly bomb blast near a soccer field shattered days of relative calm.
  • Federal Government of Somalia, AFRICOM target al-Shabaab AFRICOM 02 Mar 2020 -- In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted two (2) airstrikes targeting al-Shabaab terrorists in the vicinity of Qunyo Barrow, Somalia, Mar. 2.

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