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Afghanistan takes a step toward peace with notorious ex-warlord

Afghanistan takes a step toward peace with notorious ex-warlord

Negotiators in Afghanistan on Thursday signed a draft of a long-awaited peace agreement that would bring a notorious former warlord into the government fold while forgiving allegations that he was responsible for serious war crimes.

The deal commits Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – a chameleon-like militia commander, former CIA asset, prime minister and ally of the Taliban and Osama bin Laden who has been involved in fighting in Afghanistan for four decades – to renounce violence, cut ties to extremist groups and respect the Afghan Constitution.

The accord is also believed to grant amnesty to Hekmatyar and leaders of his Hezb-i-Islami militant organization for  suspected...

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