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U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal

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After nearly 20 years of violent conflict in Afghanistan, U.S. and Taliban officials have reached a peace agreement. The U.S.-Taliban peace deal emphasizes the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region in exchange for banishing all terrorist groups from operating or seeking sanctuary in Afghanistan.

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Links

“Taliban Peace Deal: U.S. Signs Agreement With Islamist Group In Afghanistan”
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/29/810537586/u-s-signs-peace-deal-with-taliban-after-nearly-2-decades-of-war-in-afghanistan

“US and Taliban sign historic agreement”
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/29/politics/us-taliban-deal-signing/index.html

“Is peace finally coming to Afghanistan?”
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2020/02/peace-finally-coming-afghanistan-200229194248150.html

“Afghanistan: the long road to peace”
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51674103

“A War Without Winners Winds Down”
hhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/opinion/taliban-peace-deal-afghanistan.html

“Afghans dare to dream of peace”
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1634766/world

“Taliban peace deal is US surrender”
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/taliban-peace-deal-is-us-surrender

Assessment

  • Writing: Describe the history of the conflict between the U.S. and the Taliban. Why has the conflict lasted so long and what has changed, politically, to allow for peace talks?
  • Debate: The negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban have resulted in a stalemate rather than a true peace deal.
  • Poll: Will the peace deal last?
  • Short Answer:  What does this peace deal mean for the people of Afghanistan?

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