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‘Don’t kill civilians,’ Taliban leader tells fighters

Elusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar called on his fighters to avoid killing civilians in a statement posted Friday on the Afghanistan hardline Islamists’ website, SITE Intelligence reported. The US monitoring group said Omar “stressed that his fighters must maintain good relations with civilians and to avoid any action that may…

U.S. in ‘outreach’ to Taliban: Gates

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed Sunday that US officials were involved in preliminary talks with the Taliban to seek a political solution to the Afghan war but said he didn’t expect significant progress for months. Gates also said recent gains on the ground in Afghanistan meant President…