Up to 1,100 British troops in Afghanistan could be home within just over a year ...

Up to 1,100 British troops in Afghanistan could be home within just over a year after US-Taliban peace deal Mike Pompeo was on hand for signing of the historic peace deal with the Taliban Deal paves the way for a full US and UK troop withdrawal from Afghanistan America has been at war in Afghanistan for 18 years since invasion after 9/11

By Joe Middleton For Mailonline

Published: 10:36 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 10:39 GMT, 1 March 2020

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Up to 1,100 British troops in Afghanistan could be home in just over a year after the US-Taliban peace deal.

The deal was signed on Saturday in the Qatari capital Doha by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on hand to witness the ceremony.

Under the agreement, the U.S. will begin withdrawing thousands of troops in exchange for Taliban commitments to prevent Afghanistan from being a launchpad for terrorist attacks.

If the Taliban meet their commitments, all U.S. troops would leave in 14 months, with the first cut from 13,000 to 8,600 soldiers coming in mid-June. 

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar sign the US-Taliban peace agreement during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha on Saturday

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar sign the US-Taliban peace agreement during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha on Saturday

British soldiers search in the snow the scene of a suicide bomb attack against British soldiers on January 28, 2004 in Kabul, Afganistan

British soldiers search in the snow the scene of a suicide bomb attack against British soldiers on January 28, 2004 in Kabul, Afganistan

There are still more than 16,500 soldiers serving under the NATO banner currently. Germany has the next largest contingent after the US, with 1,300 troops, followed by Britain with 1,100.

It is understood that the

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