Kabul holds talks with Taliban 'moderates'
The Afghan government is in talks with prominent “moderates” from the former Taliban regime in an attempt to turn the tide of anti-government and anti-US sentiment in southern Afghanistan, a senior Afghan official said. Mohammed Umer Daudzai, chief of staff to President Hamid Karzai, said the Kabul government was talking to a group of Taliban figures who it hoped would come back into the fold and draw in Afghans who might otherwise side with hardcore militants. “We cannot afford to have a major group like the Taliban, who has links with our neighbouring countries, living on the outside,” Mr Daudzai said in an interview. “It’s a new effort . . . which has intensified.” Full Story