Taliban says differences resolved on U.S. troop withdrawal

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  1. The U.S and Taliban officials has held productive negotiations in Doha,Qatar aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan.
  2. During talks,U.S and Taliban appear to be closing in on an agreement under which U.S. forces would withdraw in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not become a haven for other terrorist groups.
  3. However,even if the US and the Taliban reached an agreement,the Afghans will still need to sort out a number of key internal issues such as (a)ceasefire (b)dialogue between the Taliban and the government and (c)formation of a new government and political system.
  4. The Taliban now control roughly half of Afghanistan and are at their strongest since 2001 when the U.S.-led invasion had toppled their government after it gave protection to al-Qaeda.
  5. The U.S and NATO formally concluded their combat mission in 2014 but the US and allied troops continue to train and build the Afghan military. However,US President has often expressed his wish to end the war in Afghanistan and bring back US troops.