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U.S. ready to sign peace deal if Taliban abide by promise to reduce violence

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEFeb. 12, 2020, 1:19 AM UTC / Updated Feb. 12, 2020, 2:57 AM UTCBy Dan De Luce and Abigail WilliamsThe United States and the Taliban are poised to clinch a deal that would see the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the start of peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government. But the agreement will go ahead only if the Taliban abide by a pledge to reduce violence over a seven-day period, according to a Western official, an Afghan official and two former U.S. officials briefed on the talks.The two sides have revived the same draft agreement that came close to being signed in September, which calls ...