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TALIBAN leaders have reportedly been in secret talks about ending the Afghan war in a peace process sponsored by Saudi Arabia and supported by Britain.
The unprecedented negotiations involve a senior former Taliban member acting as a go-between, according to the Observer newspaper.
He has been travelling between the Afghan capital Kabul, Saudi Arabia and European capitals, and the bases of the Taliban senior leadership in Pakistan.
The Taliban are understood to have submitted a list of 11 conditions for ending hostilities, which include demands to be allowed to run key ministries and a programmed withdrawal of Western troops.
The go-between has spent weeks ferrying lists of demands and counter-demands between parties. He has visited London to speak to Foreign Office and MI6 personnel.
Originally posted by kettlebellysmith
I wouldn't trust ANYONE from the Taliban any further than I ould throw one. Members of fanatical religions, be it Isalm or Christian, cannot be trusted. They will lie cheat and steal, all in the name of "God," and believe they are right in doing so.
Originally posted by johnsky
I think you're thinking more of Al-Qaeda. The Taliban is more of a group of Nationalist Fanatics... the Taliban was originally intended to repress external expansion into their territory from other countries. While some members may use religion as a justification, their fundamental purpose is Nationalism based.
Al-Qaeda... now THEY are certainly designated as religiously nuts... but then again, they really don't rank much lower than the Christian Crusaders back in the day...