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United States Signs Peace Deal with Taliban to Withdraw US Troops from Afghanistan

  • The United States has signed a peace deal with Taliban negotiators at approximately 4 p.m. local time in Doha (capital of Qatar) for reducing US troops in Afghanistan from around 13,000 currently to 8,600 in a span of 135 days, following the signing of the peace deal. The US-Taliban joint statement also says that the aim of this peace deal is to withdraw all the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan over a period of 14-years to mark an end to the longest-ever war the US has been associated with. However, the agreement and the further drawdown of the US and NATO forces will depend upon certain counter-terrorism conditions that have been agreed upon. The peace agreement has been signed by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad (in presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo) and Taliban’s chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.