Washington and the
Taliban are set to sign a long-sought deal in Doha on Saturday that
would see the two foes agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops
from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees.
agreement, which could herald the start of a new era for Afghanistan
after decades of conflict, is expected to also lead to a dialogue
between the Kabul government and the Taliban that, if successful, could
ultimately see the Afghan war wind down.
But the position of the Afghan government, which has been excluded from direct US-Taliban talks, remains unclear and the country is gripped by a fresh political crisis amid contested election results.