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Aug 04, 2019
8:58AM

US, Taliban push for peace on Day 2 of fresh talks in Doha

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The US and the Taliban will seek to thrash out elements of a deal to bring a close to Afghanistan's 18-year conflict in the second day of renewed talks in Doha today. The US, which invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban in 2001, wants to withdraw thousands of troops and turn the page on its longest ever war. But it would first seek assurances from the insurgents that they would renounce Al-Qaeda and stop other militants like the Islamic State group using the country as a haven. The talks, now in their eighth round, began on Saturday. 

Washington is hoping to strike a peace deal with the Taliban by September 1 -- ahead of Afghan polls due the same month, and US presidential elections due in 2020. The latest US-Taliban encounter follows last month's talks between influential Afghans and the Taliban which agreed a roadmap for peace but stopped short of calling for a ceasefire.   

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