The Trump administration is close to signing a "peace" agreement with the Taliban, but let's not kid ourselves; this is really a withdrawal agreement in the middle of a hotly contested presidential election season. Such an agreement with the Taliban will allow Trump to point to a campaign promise kept: getting the United States out of its longest war.
It's midnight in Kabul as I write this. Afghans have gone to sleep, many of them in the hopes that a partial truce negotiated between the United States and Taliban will yield a reduction in violence. We -- along with the rest of the world -- learned of this development when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted about it on Friday evening.
Wazhma Frogh writes that as the US nears a deal with the Taliban, she grows increasingly uneasy that Afghanistan will come to resemble the early 1990s, when civil war and extremist forces came to dominate her country's politics and people.
Away from Berlin's clubs, far from the tourist hotspots, young drug dealers, many of them immigrants, eke out a marginal existence on the fringes of the city: theirs is the story of Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani's "Berlin Alexanderplatz".
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