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Taliban talks off; Karzai tells NATO to pull back

By Amir Shah and Deb Riechmann / AP KABUL: The American campaign in Afghanistan has suffered a double blow: The Taliban broke off talks with the US, and President Hamid Karzai said NATO should pull out of rural areas and speed up the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan forces nationwide in the wake of the …


Pakistan willing to push Taliban to make peace

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign minister said Thursday that the country would be willing to push the Taliban and their allies to make peace if asked to do so by the Afghan government, an action seen as key to the reconciliation process. Pakistan’s role is vital because it has strong historical ties with the militant group, which …


Pakistan denies hidden agenda, Taliban deny talks

KABUL: Pakistan Wednesday rejected accusations that it was secretly supporting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, while the Taliban denied plans for peace talks with the Afghan government in Saudi Arabia. The statements came as a leaked NATO report charged that Pakistan’s security services were backing the Taliban militia, who consider victory inevitable once Western combat troops …


Taliban confirm ‘initial’ deal to open office overseas

KABUL: The Taliban announced on Tuesday that they had come to an "initial agreement" to open their first political overseas office, possibly in Qatar, in the first public gesture towards peace talks with the US. It is the first time the insurgent group has publicly raised the prospect of a negotiated peace after more than …


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