Ending almost two decades of violence in Afghanistan has been high on the agenda at a security conference in Munich.
Now, a provisional agreement between the US and the Taliban aims to reduce violence for one week.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports.
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In This Story: Afghanistan
Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.