The New York Times spoke with some of the victims of the conflict whose stories they have reported over the years to hear their views on a stalled peace deal.

After nearly two decades of bloody fighting, the United States and the Taliban were on the verge of a provisional agreement that could help end the long war — then President Donald Trump pulled the plug on negotiations.

Many Afghans, who express an urgent need for ending the bloodshed, have remained sceptical of the agreement. Although the US-Taliban deal would open the way for direct negotiations between the insurgents and


Masih Ur-Rahman Mubarez, 39

Mashal Sadat Kakar


Hussain Rezai, 32

Zaheer Ahmad Zindani, 23

Breshna Musazai, 27

Jalal Khogyani, 28