In a landmark agreement, the United States and Taliban signed a peace deal to end 18 years of conflict. The peace deal was overseen in Doha by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar led the insurgents' delegation. As per the terms of the agreement the United States and its allies will withdraw all their forces from Afghanistan within 14 months i.e if the Taliban abide by the agreement. A joint statement by Washington and Kabul says, after an initial reduction of troops to 8,600 within 135 days of Saturday's signing, the US and its partners "will complete the withdrawal of their remaining forces from Afghanistan within 14 months". The Doha accord would see thousands of American troops quit Afghanistan in a phased plan after more than 18 years in return for various security commitments from the insurgents and a pledge to hold talks with the government in Kabul.