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Peace deal between US and Taleban marks tentative step towards US exit from its longest war

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A peace deal signed in Doha between the United States and the Taleban marks a tentative step towards an exit for the US from its longest war, 18 years and counting.

The good news is that, to a large extent, the seven-day Reduction in Violence (RIV) agreed to a week ago by the US and the Taleban - which the US invaded Afghanistan to throw out of power in 2001 because it was harbouring Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - worked, enabling yesterday's signing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 01, 2020, with the headline Peace deal between US and Taleban marks tentative step towards US exit from its longest war. Subscribe