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Secret Talks Divide Taliban

Sami Yousafzai & Ron Moreau, Newsweek | February 13, 2012

Disclosure of the leadership's secret talks in Qatar have divided the Taliban's ranks. ++ The reclusive leader Mullah Omar has not issued a verifiable video or audio statement since late 2001 and the insurgency are waiting for guidance. ++ Peace talks do have support amongst the rear-echelon officials and former fighters. ++ The question of regaining power without fighting rests on whether the Taliban have gained a political vision. ++ There is no guarantee that even a direct order from Omar himself could sustain any agreed ceasefire.



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