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FT: How US intends to end war with Taliban

Author: Ahmed Rashid, Journalist and Author, Lahore
April 18, 2011

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Ahmed Rashid discusses how the US and NATO will end the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

After more than two years of internal disputes and rivalries, the Obama administration is for the first time united on stepping up its secret talks with the Taliban. It also wants to start wider talks with regional countries such as Pakistan, which hold the key to a peaceful settlement as the US and Nato prepare to pull out their troops by 2014.

As the situation in Afghanistan worsens with a ferocious Taliban summer offensive having just started with a spate of suicide bombings, the White House, the state department and the Pentagon are preparing for extensive diplomatic initiatives in the next few months to take the fledgling peace process forward and push to broker an end to the war.

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