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Former Taliban Officials Say U.S. Talks Started

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New York Times, 28 January 2012
According to the Times, former Taleban officials in Kabul have confirmed that ‘four to eight Taliban representatives had traveled to Qatar from Pakistan to set up a political office’ and one of them spoke about ‘fairly advanced discussions’ between US and Taleban representatives ‘about the transfer of prisoners’. According to Sayyed Muhammad Akbar Agha [who once led a Taleban splinter group, Jaish ul-Muslimin], ‘five Taliban prisoners were to be transferred in two phases, two or three in one group and then the remainder’.


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