Afghan deal will be hard to assess, fraught with pitfalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials and experts say that hopes for ending America’s longest war hinge on maintaining a weeklong fragile truce in Afghanistan that will be difficult to assess and fraught with pitfalls.

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesperson, said that the U.S. will pull out of the country, and in turn, the country will not be used as a base for anti-American activities. (Source: CNN)

In a country that has been wracked by violence for more than 18 years, determining if the agreement has been violated will be a tough task. And there are a number of other groups and elements in the country that would love to see the deal fall through.

The weeklong “reduction in violence” agreement began at midnight Friday local time.

If successful, it will be followed by the signing of a peace accord on Feb. 29.

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