The Taliban have been waging an armed rebellion since 2001 when the US toppled the group from power [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

A week after the “reduction in violence” (RIV) agreement announced by the US and the Taliban armed group in Afghanistan, the two are set to sign a peace deal that could signal the end of the US’s longest war.

The week-long RIV agreement has largely held as the two sides prepare to sign a peace deal on Saturday that comes after nearly two years of protracted negotiations in the Qatari capital Doha.

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At least 19 security forces and four civilians have been killed during the period –  a marked decrease compared with past weeks – that the Afghan government attributed to

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