ISIL, who battle government forces and the Taliban, and have carried out some of the deadliest attacks in urban centres, will not be part of the deal between the US and the Taliban. Toggle navigation. US envoy returning to Doha for new round of Taliban peace talks Zalmay Khalilzad to resume talks with Taliban in Qatari capital to facilitate peace process to end war in Afghanistan. Afghanistan United States Qatar Asia. Agency Financial Reports. Form Finder. Organization Chart.
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Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts. In a sign of the escalating violence in Afghanistan amid the American optimism for an imminent deal, a massive explosion shook Kabul just as Mr. Initial information from the police suggested a truck bomb had exploded near Green Village, a large compound providing housing to foreign contractors and nongovernment organizations.
The blast was large enough to be heard across the city.
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Details on casualties were still not clear, but initial government information suggested the death toll could be 30 or more, with wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility. The deal with the Taliban is intended to immediately reduce violence in several provinces where the American troops would start to leave, though the exact nature of that reduction — whether it would essentially be an expanded cease-fire — was not clear. Khalilzad is also said to have told Afghan leaders that, as part of the agreement, the United States would reserve the right to assist Afghan forces should they be attacked by the Taliban.
US envoy returning to Doha for new round of Taliban peace talks
The details on the timing of the first American withdrawal are the first concrete elements of the tightly guarded agreement with the Taliban to emerge publicly. The initial troop withdrawal would mean the closing of five military bases or the transfer of those bases to the Afghan government. A deal with the Taliban, if announced, could be the beginning of an end to the nearly two decades of American military presence in Afghanistan, which began with the attacks in the United States on Sept.
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