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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.

U.S. Leaders Remark on Peace Agreement with Taliban : February 29, 2020
U.S. Leaders Remark on Peace Agreement with Taliban
Linda Grimm

In February 2020, the United States and the Taliban signed a bilateral peace agreement as a step toward ending the nearly twenty-year war in Afghanistan. The agreement committed the United States to a full withdrawal from the country within fourteen months and called for a release of political prisoners on both sides. In exchange, the Taliban promised to cut ties with other insurgent organizations, help fight terrorism in Afghanistan, and engage in direct talks with the Afghan government. Those historic talks were delayed in part by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s initial objections to the prisoner exchange but began in ...

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