The U.S. and Taliban Prepare to Take a First Step Toward Peace in Afghanistan

Thomas Abi-Hanna
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Feb 28, 2020 | 21:40 GMT
This photo shows a U.S. Chinook helicopter landing at a provincial capital in Afghanistan.

In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, a U.S. military helicopter lands on a field in Maidan Shar, the capital of Afghanistan's Wardak province. A peace deal between the United States and the Taliban, expected to be signed Feb. 29, will be the first step toward possibly ending the U.S. military presence in the country.

(THOMAS WATKINS/AFP via Getty Images)

After a weeklong reduction in violence in Afghanistan, the United States and the Taliban are set to sign a peace agreement in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 29. Both sides hope the deal will be the first step toward ending U.S. involvement in the Afghan war and bringing peace to a...

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