17 May '11, 6am

U.S. deepens engagement with Afghan Taliban to end war - report: SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The United States has ste...

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The United States has stepped up direct talks with the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement of the 10-year-old war, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, a move that analysts said earlier was easier following the death of Osama bin Laden. A U.S. representative attended at least three meetings in Qatar and Germany , including one "eight or nine days ago" with a Taliban official considered close to the group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, the report said, citing an Afghan official. It said that Washington was hoping to make progress in these talks before July, when President Barack Obama announces the first troop withdrawals from Afghanistan , part of a process of handing over responsibilities to Afghan forces by 2014. The report about the talks comes more than two weeks after the death of bin Laden at the hands of U.S. special forces in Pakist...

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Taliban attacks Afghan city

channelnewsasia.com 07 May '11, 12pm

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks including six suicide bombings on government targets in the...