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BY: Mikhael Smits
Two House Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday intending to ensure that a withdrawal from Afghanistan will leave behind conditions for future success.
Reps - Jim - Banks - R - Ind
Reps. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) and Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) introduced the "Ensuring a Secure Afghanistan Act." The bill would give Congress "oversight over talks between the United States and the Taliban" and ensure that an American withdrawal will only come once "certain conditions on the ground are fulfilled."
The legislation follows renewed conversations about an end to one of America's longest wars. In March, Sens. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Tom Udall (D., N.M.) introduced legislation to withdraw all troops within the year. Currently, the U.S. maintains a balance of 14,000 troops in Afghanistan.
Months - United - States - Taliban - Officials
For the last several months, the United States has been negotiating with Taliban officials (and former Guantánamo detainees) about terms of partial or complete withdrawal.
The bill warns that a "premature" or "hasty withdrawal" promises "increased instability, violence, and the loss of human rights." A sudden and destabilizing withdrawal, it says, would "impact the security of the United States" and "jeopardize the tremendous gains made in development and human rights for the citizens of Afghanistan."
End - Banks - Cheney
To that end, Banks and Cheney...
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