The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan warned that a peace deal could risk the Taliban regaining power, much like after the 1973 Paris Peace Agreement, which defeated the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government in the case of Saigon.   Pakistan has warned that rising tensions in the Gulf region following the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani could affect the already delayed US-Afghanistan peace process.  In February 2019, another round of talks took place in Qatar, this time with Baradar`s participation in the Taliban delegation – he had been released by Pakistan in October 2018 at the request of the United States.   Khalilzad said that this round of negotiations was “more productive than in the past” and that a draft peace agreement had been agreed. The agreement provided for the withdrawal of US and international troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban, which did not allow other jihadist groups to operate in the country.  The Taliban also announced that progress would be made in the negotiations.  But the deal leaves an unpleasant reality for the Trump administration: it signed an agreement with a movement in which an officially listed terrorist group, the Haqqani Network, known for its campaign of suicide bombings, is an integral part of the leadership. The head of the network, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is the deputy head and military commander of the Taliban. But Kabul, which holds Taliban fighters, is not a party to the deal and it is unclear whether it will be willing to send so many enemy fighters back to an active battlefield. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has not spoken out on these plans.