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New ceasefire in Afghanistan to complete peace talks

2019-12-29T18:28:17.055Z

The Taliban agreed on Sunday evening with a new ceasefire in Afghanistan to complete the peace talks with the United States, AP reports. Only the head of the Islamic movement has yet to give his approval, but that is seen as a formality.



The Taliban agreed on Sunday evening with a new ceasefire in Afghanistan to complete the peace talks with the United States, AP reports . Only the head of the Islamic movement has yet to give his approval, but that is seen as a formality.

The exact duration of the truce is not known, but it is said that it is a period of around ten days.

Earlier this month, both parties resumed peace talks about the future of Afghanistan. In September, US President Donald Trump called the talks "dead" after the Taliban had committed multiple attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing an American soldier.

Trump wants to fulfill important election promise

Trump wants to bury the hatchet with the Taliban as quickly as possible with a view to the 2020 presidential election. Ending the longest war in US history was one of his most important election promises in the last 2016 elections.

American soldiers have been stationed in the country for about eighteen years and the war would have cost the US about 2 thousand billion dollars. There are currently around 12,000 US soldiers active in Afghanistan.

One of the major stumbling blocks to the negotiations is the US's demand that the Taliban should soon be in talks with the US-backed Afghan government. Currently, the Islamic movement is refusing any contact. The Taliban must also show that they can maintain security in the country if all foreign troops leave.

Taliban militants had committed an attack earlier that Sunday, killing seventeen people, AP said . In the last week, another American soldier was killed in fighting in the province of Kunduz and seventeen Afghan soldiers were killed in firefights.

Source: nunl

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