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Afghanistan confirms peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

The peace deal has caused unease within President Ashraf Ghani’s government

By: Eastern Eye Staff

AFGHAN authorities will sign a peace accord on Thursday (September 22) with Hezb-e-Islami of Afghanistan, a party led by one of the country’s most prominent Islamist warlords, the government’s media office has confirmed. The long-expected deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a veteran of almost 40 years of fighting in Afghanistan, follows months of negotiations aimed at bringing his group, which has long been allied with the Taliban and al Qaeda, into the political fold. The accord, which officials say was largely concluded at the weekend after a preliminary deal in May, will be formally signed at a ceremony at the office…

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