The Taliban’s strategic game of ‘smoke and mirrors’ that helped them seize Afghanistan and shock the world – How the Taliban played Trump and weaved a web of influence across Afghanistan – ABC News

Like the rest of the world, the Taliban was watching Donald Trump’s America and ultimately what they saw was an opportunity, according to counter-terrorism expert Professor Greg Barton…

“When Donald Trump signed a peace agreement with the Taliban back in February last year … they [the US] were sucked in by a smoke and mirrors trick,” he told the ABC.

Dr Barton likened the Taliban’s participation in the peace deal to magicians’ craft.

“You’re so busy looking at what they’re doing with their left hand, you don’t see what they’re doing with their right,” he said.

“This whole peace treaty, largely conducted in Doha, was a deliberate distraction designed to lower the guard and to see what they could get out of Trump’s America.”

The Taliban knew America wanted out, and fast.

What they got was an “audacious” deal that included the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners.

Crucially, the Afghan government and leader Ashraf Ghani were largely excluded from the peace deal process.

“The deal signaled to regional actors that they needed to hedge their bets and start making provisions for the end of the Ghani regime in Afghanistan,” global security and strategy expert Dr Benjamin Jensen wrote for the Atlantic Council.

The stage was set.

Source: The Taliban’s strategic game of ‘smoke and mirrors’ that helped them seize Afghanistan and shock the world – ABC News

2 thoughts on “ The Taliban’s strategic game of ‘smoke and mirrors’ that helped them seize Afghanistan and shock the world – How the Taliban played Trump and weaved a web of influence across Afghanistan – ABC News”

    1. Money for contractors and military industry overcome diplomacy – the addiction for drone assassinations too easy – We screwed up Iraq and could never change history in Afghanistan. Now Taliban have our weapons to sell to the world of terrorists.

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