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Trump Sends Pompeo to Qatar With U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal at Hand

  • The agreement awaits a signing ceremony in Doha on Saturday
  • Fear and hope vie in Afghanistan as ‘everyone is tired of war’
US soldiers conduct a counter indirect fire patrol from their base in Khost province, Afghanistan.
US soldiers conduct a counter indirect fire patrol from their base in Khost province, Afghanistan.Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg
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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will lead a U.S. delegation to Qatar to oversee the signing of a peace agreement Saturday between the U.S. and Afghanistan’s Taliban, the fundamentalist Islamic group ousted by American forces after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Citing “substantial progress” in efforts to bring troops home from battlefields abroad, President Donald Trump said Friday that an agreement with the Taliban provides “a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home.”