Taliban reach violence reduction pact that could lead to U.S. withdrawal

Reuters |
Published: 02.14.20 , 20:42
The United States has reached an agreement with the Taliban on a weeklong reduction of violence that could lead to U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said on Friday, while cautioning that the Taliban needed to honor commitments for the accord to stick.
The announcement followed protracted negotiations in the Qatari capital Doha between the United States and the Taliban and a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during the Munich Security Conference.
A deeper agreement paving the way for a major U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan could be a political boost for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly promised to stop "endless wars" as he seeks re-election in November.