Islamic fundamentalist nationalist movement in Afghanistan which has its roots in neighboring Pakistan.
The Taliban (which translates as “students”) were in power in Afghanistan from 1996-2001 and enforced their strict interpretation of the Sharia law. Since the US-led invasion in 2001 and the toppling of the Taliban regime, the insurgents are again on the rise.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the US will sign a troop reduction deal in Afghanistan if the current "reduction in violence" is successful. "All sides are tired of fighting," he told reporters.
The Taliban in Afghanistan and the US government have agreed to try what's being called a "reduction in violence" for seven days. It's a confidence-building measure aimed at moving into broader peace talks. The US hopes it can reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan. From Brussels, Teri Schultz takes a look at the prospects and how the European role in the war-torn country might change.
While it's unlikely that Iran will directly attack the US over the killing of Qassem Soleimani, it could attempt to indirectly harm US interests in Afghanistan. If this happens, Pakistan could be drawn into the conflict.