Moments after US and Taliban negotiators reached a deal to end America’s longest war in Afghanistan, Kabul resident Marwa Khan called her mother and said, “They signed the deal, the war is over ”.
“This war has caused so much pain. I cry watching the people who have lost their loved ones. It is a step forward for us,” Khan told Al Jazeera. On Saturday, the two sides signed an agreement in the Qatari capital, Doha, providing for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Also includes a Taliban guarantee that Afghan soil will not be used by foreign armed groups that threaten the security of the United States and its allies.
The deal promises peace in the country, but 27-year-old Maryam Hussaini still mourns the loss of her sister, Najiba. In 2017, the Taliban attacked a bus in Kabul carrying government employees. The attack killed 23 people, mostly employees of the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.
Among the victims was Najiba. “I will never forget what the Taliban did to my family. Peace cannot come overnight just by signing a document. This peace agreement disrespects what I lost, my sister, ”Hussaini told Al Jazeera.