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Talks are the only route in Afghanistan

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Los Angeles Times, 27 November 2010
Ahmed Rashid proposes that a military victory over the Taleban is ‘elusive’ but that ‘serious talks are possible, but only if Taliban leaders are able to operate from a neutral venue. They see Afghanistan as being under U.S. occupation, and Pakistan’s intelligence agency, they say, tries to manipulate the Taliban there. They believe the group needs to operate from a more neutral country, and they raised several options, including a Persian Gulf state such as Qatar or Sharjah, part of the United Arab Emirates, or countries such as Turkey, Germany or Japan.’

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