Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   15 September

Ninth round of U.S., Taliban peace talks start in Qatar

YEREVAN, AUGUST 23, ARMENPRESS. The United States and the Taliban are resuming talks in Qatar, Reuters reported.

Two Taliban spokesmen said the ninth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban representatives started on Thursday evening, and a senior U.S. official privy to the peace negotiations said the “crucial meeting iron out smaller details had begun” in Qatar’s capital city, Doha, Reuters reported.

About 20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are now in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the U.S. military role in Afghanistan has basically turned into a “ridiculous” police force in a sign that he is open to a U.S. troop drawdown there after 18 years of war.

Two American service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, bringing the number of U.S. troops killed Afghanistan in 2019 to at least 15, according to local reports. 

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