Afghanistan eyes Taliban peace ahead of Nato withdrawal

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There is exactly one year to go before Afghans are asked to go to the polls to elect a new president, and just months later Nato combat troops will finish their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Last weekend, Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Qatar to pave the way for eventual peace talks with the Taliban – talks which many had once hoped would have begun in earnest by now. The adviser who accompanied him to Qatar was Masoom Stanakzai, the head of the Afghan High Peace Council. He has told the BBC that he…

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