Next round of Afghanistan talks set for February 25

Another round of peace talks between the US and Afghanistan's Taliban is tentatively set for February 25, a Qatari foreign ministry official said Sunday after a draft agreement was reached to potentially end the United States' longest war ever.

The draft deal, agreed after six days of talks last week, stipulates that US troops will leave within 18 months of the agreement being signed, potentially ending the war more than 17 years after American-led forces invaded Afghanistan.

According to Taliban sources, the hardline Islamic group gave assurances that Afghanistan will not be allowed to be used by al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants to attack the United States and its allies - a key early demand of Washington.

Source: VOV5