What Happened: The latest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban has concluded in Doha, Qatar, U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad announced via Twitter on Aug. 12.
Why It Matters: Khalilzad's tweet indicates that both sides haven't reached a final agreement on a peace deal despite making progress. Reports suggest that both parties have agreed on the major points of a potential peace deal and that discussions between the United States and the Taliban now revolve around technical details.
Background: The United States and the Taliban have attempted eight rounds of talks since October 2018 to end the conflict in Afghanistan. Negotiations between both sides have covered a potential troop withdrawal, a permanent cease-fire, a Taliban counterterrorism pledge and a commitment by the group to hold talks with the Afghan government.