US and the Taliban signs peace deal

The US and Taliban insurgents signed a historic peace deal on February 29, 2020, after about 18 months of negotiations. The pact could pave the way for an end to a war that has lasted nearly two decades since Washington sent in troops in response to the September 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington. But Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he refuses to commit to a clause in the agreement which requires a prisoner swap of 5,000 Taliban captives for 1,000 prisoners from the ranks of the Taliban. Following the US-Taliban deal, talks between various Afghan factions are expected to begin in Oslo on March 10.

3 Mar 2020 - 6:52AM