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Afghan government signs draft peace deal, first since 2001

  • Amin Karim, representative of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, right, and Afghanistan national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, third left, hold their documents after signing a peace deal, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. The Afghan government has signed a draft peace deal with Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, a designated “global terrorist” after lengthy negotiations that could pave the way for a similar accord with the Taliban. It grants full political rights to Gulbuddin's Hezb-i-Islami party and obliges the Afghan authorities to work to have it removed from the United Nations’ list of foreign terrorist organizations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Amin Karim, representative of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, right, and Afghanistan national security adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, third left, hold their documents after signing a peace deal, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. The Afghan government has signed a draft peace deal with Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, a designated “global terrorist” after lengthy negotiations that could pave the way for a similar accord with the Taliban. It grants full political rights to Gulbuddin's Hezb-i-Islami party and obliges the Afghan authorities to work to have it removed from the United Nations’ list of foreign terrorist organizations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Afghan demonstrators holds a placard with an image of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin party, during a demonstration against him in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. The government has signed a draft peace deal with Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, a designated “global terrorist” after lengthy negotiations that could pave the way for a similar accord with the Taliban. It grants full political rights to Gulbuddin's Hezb-i-Islami party and obliges the Afghan authorities to work to have it removed from the United Nations’ list of foreign terrorist organizations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    An Afghan demonstrators holds a placard with an image of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin party, during a demonstration against him in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. The government has signed a draft peace deal with Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, a designated “global terrorist” after lengthy negotiations that could pave the way for a similar accord with the Taliban. It grants full political rights to Gulbuddin's Hezb-i-Islami party and obliges the Afghan authorities to work to have it removed from the United Nations’ list of foreign terrorist organizations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • An effigy of Gulbuddin Hekmatya, the leader of Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin party, is displayed during a demonstration against him in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Afghanistan's government signed a draft peace deal on Thursday with a designated "global terrorist" after lengthy negotiations that could pave the way for a similar accord with the Taliban, who have been waging war on Kabul for 15 years. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    An effigy of Gulbuddin Hekmatya, the leader of Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin party, is displayed during a demonstration against him in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Afghanistan's government signed a draft peace deal on Thursday with a designated "global terrorist" after lengthy negotiations that could pave the way for a similar accord with the Taliban, who have been waging war on Kabul for 15 years. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)  (The Associated Press)

Afghanistan's government has signed a draft peace deal with a designated "global terrorist" after lengthy negotiations that could pave the way for a similar accord with the Taliban.

The deal with warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is Afghanistan's first peace agreement in the 15 years since the Taliban launched their insurgency, after being driven from power following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.

The deal, signed on live television on Thursday, grants full political rights to his Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin party and obliges the Afghan authorities to work to have it removed from the United Nations' list of foreign terrorist organizations.

Hekmatyar himself was designated by the U.S. as a "global terrorist" in 2003. He was blacklisted at Washington's request by the U.N. the same year. He is believed to live in Pakistan.