While in Doha, the US and Talibans are closest in the history of signing a peace deal after 19 years of full fledge war, here is a look back at how Afghanistan proved to be an insurmountable challenge for the mightiest empires and forces of their eras; Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Turks, Mongols, British, Soviets and now US have sooner or later met the same fate!
The Taliban and the United States began peace talks last year. They were close to agreeing on a partial withdrawal of US forces from the country after several rounds of talks in Doha, Pakistan, China, Europe, Russia and multiple guarantors and stakeholders, but talks were suspended by US President Donald Trump following a terror attack by the Taliban killing one US soldier. However, even shortly before it Strategic Cognizance Forum (SCF) was skeptical of the talks making headway as Pompeo reportedly declined in early September to put his name on the deal citing lack of trust and question on shape of future Afghanistan. Besides back then there was strong resistance from Afghan government who rejected concluding any peace deal with Talibans before then upcoming Presidential elections in Afghanistan.