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The US military in Afghanistan is to be allowed to pay Taliban fighters who renounce violence against the government in Kabul.
The terms are included in a defence bill which President Barack Obama is due to sign later on Wednesday.
Washington has authorised $1.3bn (£691m) for the fund.
Such payments have already been widely used by US commanders in Iraq, but it is the first time the system is being formally adopted in Afghanistan.
The move comes a day after eight US soldiers were killed in bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan.
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