“The Taliban and the United States have reached an unlikely agreement which will allow some U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan, and pave the way for a dialogue with the Afghan government for what could be a historic process to solve the country’s long-running conflict. In Somalia, some observers wonder: Could this be a model for ending wars waged by jihadist groups like al-Shabab’s battle for a strict Islamist state?  Would al-Shabab even be willing to negotiate?”