IN PICTURES: Afghanistan Peace Deal

The United States signed a historic deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan over the next 14 months and represent a step toward ending the 18-year-war there.

The agreement paves the way for the United States to gradually pull out of its longest war, many expect that talks to come between the multiple Afghan sides will be far more complicated.

The deal was signed in the Qatari capital Doha by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on hand to witness the ceremony.

Afghan children celebrate
Afghan people celebrate in anticipation of the peace deal
US and Taliban formally sign the deal
Qatar Deputy PM Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani meets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the peace deal signing ceremony
Members of the Taliban pray ahead of the peace deal ceremony
Afghan children dance celebrating the signing of the peace deal
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks ahead of the signing of an agreement in Doha