Report: Taliban may accept talks with U.S. in break with Al Qaida
Four key figures close to Taliban leader Mohamed Omar are reportedly prepared to talk with U.S. military authorities in Afghanistan about a peace settlement that would accept a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan provided that the current Hamid Karzai government steps down.
According to a soon-to-be-published report by the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank with close government ties, a key motive for Taliban’s purported change of heart is its determination to sever ties with Al Qaida.
The Taliban leaders would allow the U.S. military to maintain a presence in Afghanistan and hunt and destroy Al Qaida elements and strongholds as long as they will not be used as a spearhead to invade other countries in the region or to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, the report says.
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