Taliban, Karzai In Talks to End War
Leaders seeking peace deal, role in government: sources
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2010 6:45 AM CDT
Updated Oct 6, 2010 7:55 AM CDT
A Northern Alliance fighter views a US strike on a Taliban-held village in the early days of the war.   (AP Photo/Marco Di Lauro, File)

(Newser) – The Taliban are in secret talks with the Afghan government to end the war, according to the Washington Post, which cites Arab and Afghan sources. The Taliban's representatives are this time authorized to speak on behalf of Mullah Omar and other leaders and "they are very, very serious about finding a way out," one source says. The Taliban are believed to be demanding a role in government and the withdrawal of all foreign troops.

The Taliban's leadership has become more open to negotiation out of fear of being sidelined by radical elements within the movement, say the sources, who stress that talks are in the preliminary stages. European officials say the US has also become more open to the idea of a negotiated settlement after this summer's troop escalation yielded disappointing results. "We did not have consensus, and there were some who thought they could do it militarily," one official speaking under condition of anonymity said.

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Oct 6, 2010 11:27 AM CDT
Get out and leave the zoo to the animals. We can't force a revolution upon them. If the majority want to live in a stone age land of magic and superstition then let them have at it. We can bomb them from afar if they start building too many terrorist training camps.
Oct 6, 2010 10:17 AM CDT
So Americans have been dying to enable terrorists to serve in Afghanistan's government? Bring our troops home NOW. To continue the current battle plan--handcrafted by General Barry Soetoro--is insanity.
Oct 6, 2010 9:07 AM CDT
some excellent foreign policy at work here, called "satisficing." i hope the adults can work it out, where past Chicken-Hawk administrations have simply dropped ordinance.