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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…

Poll: Majority of Afghans back talks with Taliban

Poll: 83 percent of Afghans back the government’s efforts to negotiate with the Taliban An overwhelming majority of Afghans support the government’s efforts to negotiate peace with Taliban insurgents, according to a poll released Tuesday that ranks insecurity as the top concern among citizens, followed by unemployment and corruption. Some…