US, Taliban reach peace deal

US and Taliban announce a possible peace deal aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan. The deal is contingent upon reducing violence, starting this weekend.

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February 21, 2020 - 3:38 PM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The United States and the Taliban said Friday they have agreed to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home, wrapping up America’s longest-running conflict and fulfilling one of President Donald Trump’s main campaign promises.

The planned Feb. 29 signing depends on the success of a week-long nationwide ‘reduction in violence’ agreement in which all sides have committed to end attacks. 

It is due to start at midnight Friday local time, according to an Afghan official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

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