US, Taliban sign deal to end 18-year-old war in Afghanistan

BREAKING: The United States and its NATO allies signed a landmark deal with the al-Qaeda-linked Taliban terror group, laying out a timetable for a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan within 14 months, officials said in a joint US-Afghan declaration issued in Kabul.

The agreement, to be signed in Qatar later on Saturday, is aimed at paving the way towards peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of Muslim terrorism.

“The coalition will complete the withdrawal of their remaining forces from Afghanistan within 14 months following the announcement of this joint declaration and the US-Taliban agreement… subject to the Taliban’s fulfillment of its commitments,” the statement released by the US and Afghan governments said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the Qatari capital to witness the signing of the accord, while Defence Secretary Mark Esper was in Kabul for a separate joint declaration with the Afghan government.

Since the US-led operation that ousted the Taliban terror group after the September 11 attacks, America has spent more than $1 trillion in fighting and rebuilding in Afghanistan.

President Trump has promised to put an end to the conflict in which about 2,400 have been killed, along with unknown tens of thousands of Afghan troops and civilians.