US and Taliban reach truce agreement

Could this deal lead to a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan?
2:19 | 02/15/20

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agreement between the U.S. And the Taliban. The deal could eventually lead to withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. Stephanie Ramos is here with this story. Good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: Eva, good morning. This new deal between the Taliban and U.S. To pause the violence in Afghanistan could lead to a more permanent agreement, but military experts say it would not bring peace to Afghanistan, but it will bring American troops home. The U.S. And the Taliban have reached a deal that military leaders call a crucial first step in ending America's longest war. We've had a series of productive bilateral and collective meetings about the path forward. Reporter: The state department says the agreement right now is to reduce violence in Afghanistan for seven days. A modified truce. The Taliban agreeing to stop bombings and rocket attacks for that week. If that is successful, the U.S. And Taliban would sign a peace deal that could lead to troop withdrawal. All in exchange for the Taliban's commitment to not allow Afghanistan to be a safe haven for terrorism. This comes after secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defense secretary Mike Esper met Friday in Munich with Afghanistan's president. An initial U.S. Taliban agreement was all but done last September. President trump inviting the militant group to camp David then backing out and tweeting about it after an attack that killed a U.S. Soldier. The president hinting at a possible resolution at this year's state of the union. In Afghanistan, the determination and valor of our war fighters has allowed us to make tremendous progress and peace talks are now under way. Reporter: Experts say U.S. Troop removal won't mean the end to conflict in Afghanistan. Our agreement will mean the U.S. Will leave Afghanistan. There will be lots of bloodshed after the U.S. Leaves. Reporter: There are about 13,000 troops in Afghanistan right now. This year seven Americans have died. More than 2,300 soldiers, troops have died since the war began. Now a permanent peace agreement could bring many of those deployed service members home which is welcome news to the families. Of course, you are a member of the armed services but the luge question about what happens in that country when we leave. Exactly. After hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives. Stephanie, thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

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