The U.S. and Taliban agree to 7-day truce

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz details how this could lead to the departure of U.S forces from the country’s longest war.
2:22 | 02/22/20

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The United States in the tell bottom agreed to a seven day truce to reduce violence in Afghanistan part of a plan. To pave the way to a peace agreement that could lead to the departure. Of US forces from the country's longest war for bringing in cheap global affairs correspondent. Martha Raddatz with more mark that this is not a traditional cease fire so explain how this will work and what the next steps will be. It it's not an absolute cease fire for the seven days but it and that's a pretty specific things and it you know no rocket attacks no. We roadside bombs. But they are expecting perhaps some sporadic violence that the Taliban may not be able to control. But if at the end of the seven days there is a so called reduction in violence that make all right on cured to sign. A peace agreement and that peace agreement will start the draw down. Of US forces we don't know any that details they have not been made public about exactly how many. American troops will be leaving Afghanistan. But president trump has said in the past he wants to get it down to 8600. Initially we have about thirteen thousand there are now. So I think it's it's pretty safe to say that the first step would probably be reducing those trips to those troops to 8600. So Martha this agreement is between the US in the talent on but what's the role of the Afghan government. After these recent elections and could that complicate the US getting into a final deal to start and winding down with forces. It it it sure could they've just gone through a very contentious election. And the Afghan president's opponent says wait I want not you. So there's all this internal Afghan politics and they are supposed to be. Negotiating with the Taliban the Afghan government as well. Once the US and the Taliban. Begin this agreement but that really could complicate things and of course critics are saying look this'll never work what's the incentive here for the Taliban. That build drift away from this eventually but the US is it is very firm about this says if the Taliban does go back on its word. The US will make sure there's no terrorist activity. Our editor Martha Raddatz Martha thanks.

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