KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban say the ruling council has agreed to a temporary cease-fire nationwide, without saying when it would begin.

It provides a window during which a peace agreement with the United States could be signed. A peace deal would allow Washington to bring home its troops from Afghanistan and end its 18-year military engagement there, America's longest.

The U.S. wants any deal to include a promise from the Taliban that Afghanistan would not be used as a base by terrorist groups.

The U.S. currently has an estimated 12,000 troops in Afghanistan. The duration of the cease-fire announced Sunday was not specified but it is being suggested it would last for 10 days. 

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12/29/2019 2:01:10 PM (GMT -5:00)