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Pompeo Confirms US-Taliban Deal Has Secret Elements

• by Jason Ditz

The US-Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan is a hopeful opportunity to end the US occupation of Afghanistan after 19 years. Persistent concerns, however, are that secret annexes to the deal could exist that would make the deal less palatable for the Taliban rank-and-file.

While Pentagon officials claimed to have no information on that, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed on Sunday that there are indeed two "classified" secret annexes to the deal, and that the American public won't get to know what those are.

Pompeo didn't give any indication what those annexes are, but sought to defend them in general terms, saying they were "fully transparent" secrets that Congress would get a chance to see. He contrasted that to secret annexes to the Iran nuclear deal, which he claimed the Americans in general never got to see.