Over 60 civilians were killed and nearly 200 wounded Saturday night when a bomb detonated at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attack – which the Islamic State claimed responsibility for – comes as the United States and the Taliban are attempting to finalize a peace deal to end the American military’s longest-ever war. President Donald Trump’s goal is to forge an agreement that would enable him to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan in exchange for assurances from the Taliban to prevent terrorists from using the country as a future launching pad for attacks, as was the case with 9/11. However, the emerging pact is not expected to include a cease-fire between the Taliban and the US-backed government in Kabul – which the former views as illegitimate and thus refuses to engage diplomatically – thereby raising fears that fighting might continue after foreign forces depart.
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