UK-Taliban deal Britain to pay security money to Afghan Taliban for safe exit
The reports emanating from Kabul suggest the agreement was reached in mid July this year to speedy withdrawal of heavy military hardware in fourteen month period. The recent visits of British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and other senior officials to Kabul can be seen in this context as UK wants quick withdrawal of their troops. The French Forces are also expected to complete their withdrawal process earlier than expected.
The reports further said other NATO forces are also expected to make similar arrangements with Afghan Taliban and other stakeholders to avoid loss of life and sophisticated technology, if they are attacked by Taliban on withdrawing convoys.
The deal facilitated by Afghan elders included provision of funds by the British to develop Taliban controlled areas.
Reports also said British troops in Helmund province have already started collecting data about their war machines, ammunition and men to make a safe exit.
The British are weighing their options to use Pakistani or Central Asian routes to withdraw their heavy equipment. It was also decided to airlift the most sophisticated weapons back to London for fear of loss or turning into hands of Taliban or other groups.
Several NATO countries are considering handing over their heavy equipment including tanks and armoured carriers and not the advanced equipment to newly set up Afghan army.
Washington is in contact with Taliban to determine their role in future created in Kabul after departure of US-led NATO forces in 2014.