Perilous truce

Print edition : March 01, 2019

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (centre) speaks to U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad (to his right) at the presidential palace in Kabul on January 28. Khalilzad shared details of his recent talks with the Taliban in Qatar with Ghani and other Afghan government officials. Photo: AP

An Afghan soldier walks near a crater caused by a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, a 2018 photograph. Afghan security forces are shrinking, and the Taliban holds sway over 40 per cent of the territory. Photo: Rahmat Gul/AP

The U.S. and the Taliban reach a tentative agreement that could finally end the war in Afghanistan, but the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani is clearly unhappy.
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