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The Afghan Taliban says it has suspended talks with the United States. This comes from the group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. Earlier, Afghanistan President Karzai had said NATO forces should leave rural areas and pull back to the main bases.
The Taliban in Afghanistan have suspended nascent talks with the US over opening an office in Qatar.
The US had been trying to set up a dialogue with the Taliban in the Gulf state for some time.
Meanwhile, President Hamid Karzai has called for Nato-led forces to move out of Afghan villages and rural areas after a US soldier killed 16 civilians.
He told the visiting US defence secretary Afghan troops should take the lead for nationwide security in 2013.
In a statement, the Taliban said the US kept changing the terms of the negotiations.
This caused them to suspend talks with the US aimed at setting up a political office in Qatar and on a prisoner exchange.edit on 15-3-2012 by Maponos because: (no reason given)