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In remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Friday, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said a "long agenda" of issues need to be resolved before a peace deal can be finalized. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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A boy holds the burqa of his mother as they walk down a street in the old city of Kabul on November 1, 2009. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: As U.S. Seeks To Withdraw Troops, What About Afghanistan's Women?

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Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai, a representative of the Taliban, attends international talks in Moscow last month. On Monday, the Islamist militant group announced that its representatives would be having conversations with the U.S. in the United Arab Emirates. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mourners stand beside the grave of Gen. Abdul Raziq, the Kandahar police chief who was killed by a Taliban attack, during his burial ceremony Friday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was wounded in the attack. STR/AP hide caption

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Blackwater security contractors guard Zalmay Khalilzad, then the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as he arrives at a community sports center in Baghdad in 2006. Jacob Silberberg/AP hide caption

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Zalmay Khalilzad Appointed As U.S. Special Adviser To Afghanistan

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses a news conference last month at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, where the government was hosting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Afghan volunteers carry an injured woman on a stretcher to a hospital in Ghazni province on Sunday. The Taliban assault on the city of Ghazni has resulted in intense gun battles and hundreds of casualties. Mohammad Anwar Danishyar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Maria Toorpakai, a top squash player from Pakistan, is the star of a PBS documentary airing on July 23. Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan Muslims celebrated the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Friday. An attack on Saturday disturbed the peace, leaving dozens of casualties. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pigeons fly into the air as Muslims offer prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan, at the Shah-e Do Shamshira Mosque in Kabul on Friday. This Eid, Afghans welcomed the start of the Taliban's first cease-fire since the 2001 U.S. invasion Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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