US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

Esper: Afghan agreement is 'conditions-based'

MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war.

The truce marks a milestone in efforts to end America’s longest-running conflict and fulfill President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to bring U.S. troops home from foreign conflicts.

But prospects for a real and lasting peace remain unclear.

US, Afghan zero in on agreement

A U.S. official said Friday the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” is “very specific” and covers the entire country, including Afghan government forces.

There were indications a formal announcement could come as early as the weekend.

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