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Giving a first major public sign that they may be ready for formal talks with the American-led coalition in Afghanistan, the Taliban announced Tuesday that they had struck a deal to open a political office in Qatar that could allow for direct negotiations over the endgame in the Afghan war.

 

I have a couple of questions about this. First off, is this group even representative of the Taliban. This would seem to be a necessity for even taking them seriously. Secondly, does anyone think that this could herald a new chance for peace in Afghanistan and a quickening to the end of foreign military there (or at least a more peaceful transition from said occupation)?

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I have a couple of questions about this. First off, is this group even representative of the Taliban. This would seem to be a necessity for even taking them seriously. Secondly, does anyone think that this could herald a new chance for peace in Afghanistan and a quickening to the end of foreign military there (or at least a more peaceful transition from said occupation)?

 

Hmmmmmmmm. You pose a legitament question of if they represent the Taliban. I could not tell you yay or nay my personal oppinion is that they do not represent the whole but just a faction of it. As to the second question given the regions history I don't see things quickening at all. Most likely it will go longer than what they project. That is just my opinion though. That region has just been so unstable.

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I have heard that this is false. That the Taliban won't agree to negotiations until the invaders leave.

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I have heard that this is false. That the Taliban won't agree to negotiations until the invaders leave.

Can you share your source for this information? I found the (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetaljazeera(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/news/asia/2012/01/201213112718977856.html"]same information with Al Jazeera[/url], although this doesn't guarantee anything.

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I read it from another source, too, but I can't find that other one. If you type in google "Taliban denies peace talks", you will get a lot of hits.

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I read it from another source, too, but I can't find that other one. If you type in google "Taliban denies peace talks", you will get a lot of hits.

I don't see that really contradicting the reports I linked. The Al Jazeera article quoted a part of the statement you linked to and the New York Times report even links to the exact same page you did.

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