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Hamid Karzai, in turn, said he and the Taliban spoke like “countrymen to countrymen,” not as regular official contact, with fixed address.
The Taliban in Afghanistan have told the BBC that there is no question of their entering into any kind of negotiations with Nato forces.
LONDON: The commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, US General David Petraeus, admitted on Friday that western troops had facilitated the safe passage of Taliban leaders to Kabul for talks with the government.
n a statement released on Wednesday the armed group said that Karzai's claims that such talks are being held are "baseless propaganda".
But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all. In an episode that could have been lifted from a spy novel, United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an impostor, and high-level discussions conducted with the assistance of NATO appear to have achieved little.
“It’s not him,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. “And we gave him a lot of money.”
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Originally posted by airspoon
It makes you wonder how deep the rabbit hole really goes. How many more are really imposters and who might they have been working for? Would it not be that big of stretch to assume that much of the Taliban may be imposters? It opens the idea up to imposters being used for a lot more than to fool peace talks.
But the British newspaper The Times says the imposter was planted by the UK's MI6 overseas spying agency.