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Taliban political chief to attend peace talks with US: report

Taliban political chief to attend peace talks with US: report
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Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will attend peace talks this week in Doha between the United States and the Taliban, the government of Qatar said Sunday, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported that the talks are scheduled to begin on Monday and will focus on a ceasefire to the war in Afghanistan. U.S. officials have been eager to negotiate with Baradar, according to Reuters.

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Baradar is a co-founder of the Taliban and was released from a Pakistani jail last year.

Leading the talks for the U.S. will be Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States Special Representative for Afghanistan, according to Reuters. 

Reports emerged late last year that President Trump wanted to withdraw a significant portion of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Additionally, the U.S. and the Taliban last month agreed to a draft framework laying out a possible withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Trump has also publicly expressed his desire to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

"I inherited a total mess in Syria and Afghanistan, the 'Endless Wars' of unlimited spending and death. During my campaign I said, very strongly, that these wars must finally end," he tweeted earlier this month.

"We spend $50 Billion a year in Afghanistan and have hit them so hard that we are now talking peace after 18 long years. ... It is now time to start coming home and, after many years, spending our money wisely," Trump added.