Washington, Aug. 18 -- President Donald Trump reviewed the Afghanistan peace negotiations with his top national security advisers amid talk of significant cuts in American forces as part of a near-final deal to end America's longest war, now in its 18th year.

Trump has been a sceptic of the war, and all wars, and is said to be in a hurry to strike a deal and bring home American troops in time for his White House re-election bid in 2020. The US currently has 14,500 troops in Afghanistan and may cut it by half or more, in phases, in return for the Taliban renouncing all ties to terrorist groups and promising to not allow them safe havens in Afghanistan as part of a deal reportedly now in final stages.

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