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Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET

The U.S. says it has reached a deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan that lays out what could be the first steps toward ending America's longest-running war.

Administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity at the Munich Security Conference, say there will be a seven-day "reduction in violence" but did not specify when it would start. The seven days are meant as an initial confidence-building measure.

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

During a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to troops stationed in Afghanistan, President Trump said that his administration has reopened peace talks with the Taliban, nearly three months after he abruptly canceled them. Trump made the announcement at a rally staged at Bagram Airfield outside Kabul, where he exchanged handshakes and posed for photographs with U.S. troops.

When Aziz Rafiee heard that President Trump called off talks with the Taliban, he couldn't quite believe it. "My first question to myself was: What is really happening?" he says. Then Rafiee, who leads the Afghan Civil Society Forum in Kabul, says he felt a sense of relief.

And he says most of his friends also support Trump's decision.

The U.S. president's abrupt move over the weekend to scuttle a potential deal with the Taliban surprised many who had been following the multiple rounds of negotiations. It has also led to questions about what might come next.

A U.S. military investigation has cleared the U.S. forces of wrongdoing in fighting that left 33 civilians dead and 27 others wounded last year in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, saying that they acted in self-defense.

"To defend themselves and Afghan forces, U.S. forces returned fire in self-defense at Taliban who were using civilian houses as firing positions," according to the U.S. military report published Thursday.

New York Times reporter David Rohde, who was kidnapped by the Taliban and his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, wrote the book, A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides. Hear about their experiences on this episode of All Sides with Ann Fisher.

Opium and the Taliban

Dec 16, 2009

Ninety percent of the world’s opium comes from Afghanistan. How profits from the drug trade funds the Taliban and al-Qaida, with author and journalist Gretchen Peters.

Conflict and Politics in Afghanistan

Nov 23, 2009

The Taliban, Afghan politics and political approaches to dealing with the conflict in Afghanistan, with Harvard Kennedy School of Government Carr Center for Human Rights Policy fellow Michael Semple.