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US Taliban Peace Deal – Likely in 2020, Stability Elusive

A grim statement by the head of the United Nations in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto that the war in Afghanistan surpassed 100,000 civilian deaths in the past ten years alone from 2009 to the present should be a grim reminder of the urgency of a peace deal, the first stage being that between the US and the Taliban.

Some of the contours of the same were recently revealed by the Associated Press (AP). The Associated Press on 29 December quoting anonymous sources within the Taliban were saying that the ruling council of the group – in Pakistan – has agreed to a temporary ceasefire nationwide.

Ismael Khan, a former jihadi commander who was present in a meeting held between Khalilzad and former president, Hamid Karzai in Kabul, said about ceasefire suggestions. "We said if the Taliban do not agree with a durable ceasefire, they should be convinced to accept a three-month one to pave the ground for the peace process." This would mean a limited ceasefire the current indications being a ten-day one in the cities which have seen maximum violence in the past....................

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