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Afghan Peace Talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stand before a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ghani on Thursday met with Khan in the capital Kabul to discuss Afghan peace talks, to build trust and strengthen relations between both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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A member of Taliban negotiation delegation, keeps his face mask during the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, speaks during a joint news conference in presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.S. is poised to sign a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America's longest war.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, after a joint news conference in presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.S. signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America's longest war.

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From left, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani before a peace signing ceremony between the U.S. and the Taliban in Doha. The U.S. is poised to sign a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America's longest war.

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U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader shack hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. The United States is poised to sign a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America's longest war.

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Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, who served as ambassador to Pakistan during the Taliban's rule speaks to the media in Doha, Qatar. The United States is poised to sign a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America's longest war.

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In this photo released by the Foreign Office, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, center, receives members of Taliban delegation at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Pakistan. Senior Taliban leaders are meeting with Qureshi in Islamabad as part of a push to revive an Afghanistan peace deal that has included stops in Russia, China and Iran.

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In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, photo, A former Taliban military leader Syed Akbar Agha speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Agha defended the recent beatings, saying the peace movement gives the impression the insurgent group doesn't want the war to end.

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A Taliban delegation attends the Intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha along with other Afghan stakeholders

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Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, third from left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia. Baradar and a team of 14 Taliban are in Moscow where they are scheduled to meet other Afghans including former President Hamid Karzai and some of the candidates in the presidential elections.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks on the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's grand council ends with a call for peace talks, urges both sides to hammer out a cease fire and protect rights gained in the last 17 years. Ghani offers cease fire, says he will free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

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Delegates attend the first day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, sits during the first day of the Loya Jirga, or the consultative council in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's president opened a grand council of more than 3,200 prominent Afghans seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the Taliban, but the gathering may further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government.

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