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Why Afghanistan's Peace Talks Won't Really Start Until the U.S. Leaves

Jan 18, 2019 | 06:45 GMT
A picture of Taliban representatives attending an international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on Nov. 9, 2018.

Taliban representatives attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on Nov. 9, 2018. When it comes to Afghanistan, Washington's biggest problem will be figuring out how to balance the Taliban's demand for a complete withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces with Kabul's desire for troops to stay.

(YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States entered Afghanistan more than 17 years ago, but it might need to depart if the peace process is ever going to off the ground....

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