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Story | Jan 3, 2012 | 1:01 PMAmerican officials are welcoming a Taliban statement that the Afghan insurgents will set up an office in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The move is being seen as a first step toward peace talks aimed at reconciling the Taliban and the Western-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, something the U.S. has long sought to broker. A serious offer to negotiate would mark not only a departure from the group's previous refusal to engage in talks but also ease concerns over the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from the country by 2014.
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A group of tribal elders and other community leaders on Saturday voiced approval of President Hamid Karzai’s conditions for a security pact with the United States after most combat troops leave in 2014.
Story | Jan 3, 2012 | 4:39 PM
In its most public indication to date of willingness to enter peace negotiations, the Taliban movement announced Tuesday it planned to open a political office in the Gulf state of Qatar.