A member of the Afghan security force stands in front of a poster of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan September 2, 2019

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President Ashraf Ghani (pictured) was briefed on the US-Taliban deal on Monday

The US would withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan inside 20 weeks as a part of a deal “in precept” with Taliban militants, Washington’s prime negotiator has mentioned.

Zalmay Khalilzad revealed particulars of the long-awaited deal for the primary time in a TV interview after briefing Afghan leaders on the settlement.

However he mentioned last approval nonetheless rested with President Trump.

An enormous blast rocked Kabul because the interview aired.

The Taliban mentioned it was behind the assault, which killed a minimum of 5 civilians and wounded dozens extra. It mentioned international forces have been the goal.

The bomb focused a residential compound housing foreigners and the Taliban mentioned gunmen have been additionally concerned.

The assault highlights fears that US negotiations with the Taliban will not finish the each day violence in Afghanistan and its horrible toll on civilians.

The militants now management extra territory than at any time because the 2001 US invasion and have to date refused to speak to the Afghan authorities, whom they deride as American puppets.

The deal outlined by Mr Khalilzad in an interview with Tolo Information is the product of 9 rounds of peace talks which were held within the Gulf state of Qatar.

In trade for the US troop withdrawal, the Taliban would be certain that Afghanistan would by no means once more be used as a base for militant teams searching for to assault the US and its allies.

“We have now agreed that if the circumstances proceed in response to the settlement, we are going to go away inside 135 days 5 bases through which we’re current now,” Mr Khalilzad mentioned.

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Media captionThe view from Lashkar Gah province on whether or not peace with the Taliban is feasible

The US at present has about 14,000 troops within the nation.

A Taliban spokesman confirmed in a textual content message to the BBC that the main points of the troop withdrawal as outlined by Mr Khalilzad have been appropriate.

A pullout of the remaining forces would depend upon circumstances, together with the beginning of peace talks between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban in addition to a ceasefire, reviews the BBC’s Lyse Doucet from Kabul.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will examine the deal earlier than giving any opinion, his spokesman Sediq Seddiqqi mentioned earlier on Monday. He mentioned the federal government nonetheless wanted proof the Taliban have been dedicated to peace.

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Media captionTens of hundreds of Afghan troopers have been killed and injured. That is their story

Many in Afghanistan worry US-Taliban deal may see hard-won rights and freedoms eroded. The militants enforced strict non secular legal guidelines and handled girls brutally underneath their rule from 1996 to 2001.

What is the background to the Afghan warfare?

It started when the US launched air strikes one month following the 11 September 2001 assaults and after the Taliban had refused at hand over the person behind them, Osama Bin Laden.

The US was joined by a global coalition and the Taliban have been shortly faraway from energy. Nonetheless, they changed into an rebel pressure and continued lethal assaults, destabilising subsequent Afghan governments.

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The worldwide coalition ended its fight mission in 2014, staying solely to coach Afghan forces. However the US continued its personal, scaled-back fight operation, together with air strikes.

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The Taliban has nonetheless continued to realize momentum and final 12 months the BBC discovered they have been energetic throughout 70% of Afghanistan.

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Media captionZan TV presenter Ogai Wardak: “If the Taliban come, I’ll struggle them”

Almost three,500 members of the worldwide coalition forces have died in Afghanistan because the 2001 invasion, greater than 2,300 of them American.

The figures for Afghan civilians, militants and authorities forces are tougher to quantify. In a February 2019 report, the UN mentioned that greater than 32,000 civilians had died. The Watson Institute at Brown College says 58,000 safety personnel and 42,000 opposition combatants have been killed.