Taliban Kills Americans Hours After Peace Office Opens
Karzai pulls out of security talks
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2013 4:16 AM CDT
Muhammad Naeem, a representative of the Taliban, speaks during a press conference at the official opening of their office in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

(Newser) – Taliban insurgents aren't letting up the fight in Afghanistan despite the opening of an office for peace talks. Four American troops were killed in a rocket attack on a convoy near Bagram Air Base just hours after the Taliban office opened its doors in Qatar, the New York Times reports. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as Afghan forces formally took charge of the country's security.

In another setback for hopes of stability, President Hamid Karzai announced that the Afghan government was pulling out of talks on a new security deal with the US, the AP reports. The move is believed to be a protest at his government being sidelined by US-Taliban talks, though his official statement said only that the pullout was in response to the "contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the peace process."

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HANKHILL
Jun 19, 2013 8:43 PM CDT
AGAIN I SAY YOU DONT TALK TO THE TALIBAN YOU KILL THEM! SAVAGES ONE AND ALL!
apocalypso
Jun 19, 2013 2:57 PM CDT
Well, since peace in Afghanistan has never been on the American agenda anyway... am I supposed to pretend to be upset about this? God bless them; the dead are the lucky ones.
reallybig
Jun 19, 2013 11:13 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD .... Obama is only negotiating with the Taliban .. to get them to let US Troops leave Afghanistan .. (and not to attack the retreating US troops, the way the Afghan warriors did to British troops in 1842 .. it was a massacre, with 40 survivors). ---- Karzai is right .. Obama has double-crossed him, and Afghanistan .. to the Taliban. Karzai knows how the US abandoned the South Vietnamese, to the mercy of the North Vietnamese .. and he knows the US is making a deal now, for Americans to safely get out .. but leave the Afghans to the mercy of the Taliban. AFTER .. US Troops escape Afghanistan .. Obama wants CIA forces hiding behind those 30 foot high blast-proof walls .. to still use the Obama killer-drone bombs on Al-Qaeda .. killing mostly innocent men, women and children. My opinion? .. Obama is making a deal with the Taliban .. (to cut and run) .. and let Karzai fight alone. ----- REALLY