2. U.S. reaches a deal with the Taliban
What's going on
Having reached an agreement with the Taliban, American envoy Zalmay Khalilzad told Afghan leaders on Monday that the United States would pull 5,400 troops from Afghanistan within 135 days of signing the agreement. The deal includes a timeline for withdrawing remaining U.S. troops in return for the Taliban breaking with international terrorist groups and starting direct negotiations with Afghan officials. Western officials have said full withdrawal could be in about 16 months. The Afghan government has expressed concern that the Taliban will not honor their agreements once American troops leave. The deal is not final until President Trump agrees to it.