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US intel says Taliban won’t honor agreement with US, even as Trump says they ‘really want to make a deal’

The Taliban "have no intention of abiding by their agreement," a US official with knowledge of the intelligence said to NBC News.

The US launched a new airstrike against the Taliban one day Trump held a ‘very good talk’ with the terrorist group

The US military said the attack was "defensive," and was launched to counter a Taliban assault against US-backed Afghan forces.
Trump speaks on the phone with Putin in the White House in January 2017.

Trump says he had a ‘very good talk’ with Taliban over the phone, despite ongoing violence in Afghanistan

"It is a pleasure to talk to you," Trump said, according to the Taliban. "You are a tough people and have a great country."

The Taliban says it’s going to resume fighting Afghan security forces, throwing another wrench into US plans for peace

Two days after signing a deal with the US, the Taliban said it would launch an offensive.

Trump says US troops will start leaving Afghanistan immediately

"Today, they'll start immediately," President Donald Trump said of US plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

US signs historic deal with Taliban that could bring an end to America’s war in Afghanistan

The conditional agreement would see the US withdraw all troops from Afghanistan as long as the Taliban lives up to its end of the bargain.
Two boys in front of a destroyed school in Pikha, a village in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, in January 2020.

This is what happens when ISIS invades your village, destroys the schools, bans music, and then leaves

ISIS fighters invaded multiple villages in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in 2015 and left in 2019. Here's how residents are rebuilding their lives.

New York Times gets criticized for publishing an op-ed written by Taliban leader

"I am convinced that the killing ... must stop," wrote a Taliban leader who did not denounce al-Qaeda in his NYT op-ed.
U.S. Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division and Afghan National Army soldiers conduct a combined patrol in the village of Shabila Kalan, Zabul, Afghanistan, on Nov. 30, 2009.

A new US hostage was reportedly taken by a Taliban group in Afghanistan

"The welfare and safety of US citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State," a State Department official told Insider.
A video purporting to show a US Air Force E-11 that the Taliban say it shot down on Monday.

A US Air Force battlefield-communications plane crashed in Taliban-held territory in Afghanistan

The Taliban said it downed the plane and all aboard were killed, but the Air Force chief of staff said on Monday that the crew's status was unknown.