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US, Taliban reach truce agreement in Afghanistan: official

Posted: 12:00 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-14 12:06:50-05
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MUNICH, Germany — The United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will go into effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

The agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence,” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days, is “very specific” and covers the entire country including Afghan forces, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss details ahead of an official announcement.

The developments come as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met Friday in Munich with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani.