December 26, 2012

Are Taliban Warm to an Opening?

David Ignatius, Washington Post

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In this season of good will, there is a rare bit of good cheer about the prospects for peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The reason seems to be that some Taliban leaders are concluding that they couldn’t win the civil war that might follow U.S. withdrawal of combat troops.

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