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Taliban Prisoners Choose Qatar Over Guantanamo

Posted March 10th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Five high-profile Taliban militants held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay may soon be headed for confinement in Qatar. Senior Afghan officials told media organizations Saturday the five prisoners have given their consent to the transfer to the Gulf state. The transfer still needs to be approved by the United States, and several […]

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Pakistan Urges Afghan Taliban to Participate in Peace Talks

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan is urging leaders of the Afghan Taliban to take part in peace talks with the Afghan government aimed at ending the 10-year war. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani appealed Friday to the Taliban leadership and other Afghan insurgent groups, including Hizb-e-Islami, to “participate in an intra-Afghan process for national reconciliation and peace.” Earlier […]

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Karzai Invites Taliban Leadership to Direct Talks

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has invited the Taliban leadership to direct talks with his government, while asking Pakistan to “support and facilitate” those negotiations aimed at ending a decade of war. In a statement issued Tuesday, Mr. Karzai said he was inviting Taliban leaders “in order to realize the objectives of the peace process.” He […]

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Karzai Invites Taliban Leadership to Direct Talks

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has invited the Taliban leadership to direct talks with his government, while asking Pakistan to “support and facilitate” those negotiations aimed at ending a decade of war. In a statement issued Tuesday, Mr. Karzai said he was inviting Taliban leaders “in order to realize the objectives of the peace process.” He […]

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Taliban Confirms Death of Ex-Minister

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Taliban says its former defense minister died two years ago in a Pakistani jail. A Taliban spokesman said Monday relatives have recently been informed that Obidullah Akhund died of heart disease in a Karachi prison in March 2010. Akhund was arrested in 2007. The insurgent group says it wants Pakistan to provide details about […]

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Pakistan: ‘No Hidden Agenda’ in Afghanistan

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan says it has no “hidden agenda” in Afghanistan, and has dismissed a recently leaked classified NATO report that accuses it of secretly assisting the Afghan Taliban. The report alleges that Taliban insurgents are targeting coalition troops in Afghanistan with the help of Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, the ISI. On Wednesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry called […]

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Pakistan Dismisses Allegations of Afghan Taliban Support

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has dismissed a leaked NATO report that accuses it of secretly assisting the Taliban. According to the classified report, Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, the ISI, is supporting the Afghan Taliban, and the insurgents believe victory is inevitable once NATO troops leave in 2014. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry called the report’s findings “frivolous” and said Islamabad […]

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Pakistan Dismisses Allegations of Afghan Taliban Support

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has dismissed a leaked report allegedly authored by the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan that accuses Pakistan of secretly assisting the Taliban. According to a classified report seen by The Times newspaper and the BBC, Pakistan’s military spy agency, the ISI, is supporting the Afghan Taliban, and the insurgents believe victory is inevitable once NATO […]

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Leaked NATO Report: Pakistan Helping Afghan Taliban

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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A leaked report allegedly authored by officials in the international coalition in Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of secretly assisting the Taliban. According to the report seen by The Times newspaper and British Broadcasting Corporation, Pakistan’s military spy agency, the ISI, is supporting the Afghan Taliban, and the insurgents believe victory is inevitable once NATO troops leave […]

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Taliban, US Begin Talks in Qatar

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan Taliban negotiators are meeting with U.S. officials in Qatar for a series of discussions aimed at building trust between the two sides ahead of the upcoming peace talks. Maulavi Qalamuddin, who once led the group’s religious police, said Sunday the delegation includes several former officials, as well as a former secretary to the Taliban’s […]

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