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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan meets U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad (left) in Islamabad on Aug. 1. Khalilzad met Khan ahead of peace talks in Qatar with the Taliban. Press Information Department via AP hide caption

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The Key Role Pakistan Is Playing In U.S.-Taliban Talks

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Afghans are seen through a shattered windshield of a bus after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. A suicide car bomber targeted the police headquarters in western Kabul on Wednesday. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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A destroyed white van sits at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. A powerful bomb blast tore through the capital, rattling windows, sending smoke billowing from Kabul's downtown area and wounding more than a hundred people. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum arrives in Kabul in 2018. Dostum survived a second attempt on his life in under a year on Saturday afternoon. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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