Breaking: Taliban Agree to Cease Fire in Afghanistan to Allow for Signing of Peace Deal With U.S.

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The U.S. has been in talks for over a year with the Taliban, working on a deal to end the war in Afghanistan, and to ensure the best possible situation in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdraws.


They were close to a deal in September when the Taliban engaged in more violence including killing a U.S. soldier, prompting President Donald Trump to suspend talks.

But after a surprise visit by Trump to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, the talks were restarted and now there’s pretty big news that the Taliban ruling council has agreed to a temporary cease-fire to allow a window to sign a peace deal.

The U.S. had demanded a cease-fire before any deal, so that critical step was met. The U.S. also wants a deal to include a promise that they not be used as a terrorist base.

It’s not clear how long the cease-fire would be but indications were it might be for at least ten days.

If this holds, this could officially end the 18-year-old effort in Afghanistan and bring all the U.S. troops who are there home. That would be a huge thing for Trump and for the military troops serving if they’re able to make a credible deal.


From AP:

Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media outlets.

A key pillar of the agreement, which the U.S. and Taliban have been hammering out for more than a year, is direct negotiations between Afghans on both sides of the conflict.

Those intra-Afghan talks were expected to be held within two weeks of the signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal. They will decide what a post-war Afghanistan will look like.

The first item on the agenda is expected to address how to implement a cease-fire between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s National Security Forces. The negotiations, however, were expected to be prickly and will cover a variety of thorny issues, including rights of women, free speech, and changes to the country’s constitution.


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