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    Taliban Attacks Threaten to Derail US Peace Deal

    The Afghan militant group has claimed its second attack on Kabul this week after a car bomb killed 10 and injured 42 more Thursday. That followed Monday’s suicide bombing on an international compound that left 16 dead and scores injured. Meanwhile, sources say U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has refused to sign a hard-fought peace deal, negotiated over nine rounds, because it would mean officially recognizing the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the name of the government the Taliban founded in 1996.

    What does the deal currently look like? Agreed to “in principle,” it calls for withdrawing 5,000 U.S. troops — out of around 14,000 — within the first 135 days.

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