Report: Taliban may accept talks with U.S. in break with Al Qaida

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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.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks in Kabul, Afghanistan in July. AP/Ahmad Jamshid/File

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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