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Deal with Taleban would have failed Afghanistan - and the US

The draft had US forces leaving five bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of signing, and almost all US forces - there are currently roughly 14,000 - out of the country in a year or so.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's sudden revelation and cancellation of a secretly planned meeting in the United States with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Taleban leaders pulled back the US from signing a peace deal that many predicted would take a disastrous turn not only for Afghanistan but for the US as well.

The deal would have left the region destined for worsening conflict.

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