The United States and the Taliban have signed a historic peace agreement that could bring an end to the long 18-year war that began after the 9/11 attacks on America. Under the terms of this agreement, the United States will remove all of its troops from the country within 14 months; the removal will be gradual and begin immediately.
This highly anticipated peace agreement was signed on Saturday afternoon local time by Taliban leadership and U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. Khalilzad has been part of the negotiations with the Taliban for over 18 months. The agreement comes after the two sides abided by a weeklong truce, dubbed a “reduction in violence” between the two sides.
The Taliban and the U.S. are slated to meet in Oslo in March to discuss a complete cease-fire.
But while the agreement appears to have been concluded — thus also fulfilling a campaign promise by President Trump to get the United States out of endless wars — it is far from a done deal, and the remarks of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echo that.