US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

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MUNICH (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Friday in Munich, Germany. (Source: CNN)

The truce marks a milestone in efforts to end America’s longest-running conflict and fulfill President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to bring U.S. troops home from foreign conflicts.

But prospects for a real and lasting peace remain unclear.

A U.S. official said Friday the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” is “very specific” and covers the entire country, including Afghan government forces.

There were indications a formal announcement could come as early as the weekend.

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