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US in direct talks with Taliban: New Yorker

The administration of President Barack Obama has entered into direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban officials, according to The New Yorker magazine report. Surrendering Taliban militants are seen in Herat, in November 2010. The administration of President Barack Obama has entered into direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban…

Afghanistan won’t be ready for US withdrawal: Lugar

US and NATO efforts in Afghanistan suffer from a crippling “lack of clarity” about their ultimate goal and sputtering progress on the ground, a top US lawmaker warned Wednesday. “There is substantial concern about our course in Afghanistan,” said Senator Richard Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations…

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