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Taliban Faction Seeks Return to Power by Ballot

Three years after U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban, a breakaway faction of the hard-line Islamic movement is trying to make a comeback by seeking government permission to participate in next year’s parliamentary elections.The former Taliban members have turned against their fugitive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, and want a share of power at the ballot box, according to intelligence and diplomatic sources and Taliban leaders. With backing from the U.S. and British governments, interim President Hamid Karzai is in the final stages of negotiations with leaders of a “moderate group” who said they were no longer involved in attacking government and foreign troops, said the sources, who included Afghan and Indian intelligence officials.Full Story

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