US-Taliban Deal Opens Road for Sanctions Removal, Analysts See Minimal Impact

By Valentina Pasquali

The pledged lifting of global sanctions against the Taliban as part of the Islamist militia's bilateral accord with the United States will probably bring only limited economic rewards to the group, sources said. U.S. officials agreed last month to gradually withdraw all remaining troops from the Central Asian nation in exchange for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, or the Taliban, committing to entering into peace talks with the Afghan government and expelling al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations from the country. The U.S. will also work with China, Russia and the other members of the U.N. Security...