19 years after 9/11 triggered war, Afghan peace talks open in Doha

The opening ceremony for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents began in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday, marking the start of negotiations aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians.

The 19-year conflict is also the United States’ longest overseas military action, vexing three successive presidents.

The ceremony began at 9 a.m with a recitation from the Koran, followed by opening comments by Qatar’s foreign…

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