Afghan Officials Meet With Jailed Taliban Leader

By: AP
By: AP

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's government may be taking a small step toward reopening talks with the Taliban.

Afghan and Pakistani officials confirm that government representatives have met with a top-ranking Taliban member in his prison cell in Pakistan.

An official with the Afghan government panel that has the task of starting peace talks says Pakistan's government allowed Afghan government envoys to meet with the Taliban official (Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar), who was captured in Pakistan in 2010.

Afghanistan's international allies are hoping that bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table will ease pressure on the Afghan government as international troops leave.

Confirmation of the meeting came at the end of a violent weekend in Afghanistan. A roadside bomb yesterday killed a district government chief and three of his bodyguards in eastern Afghanistan. In the south, officials said a Taliban attack on a police checkpoint Saturday night sparked a gun battle that left two police officers and two Afghan civilians dead.

On Friday, two Afghans shot and killed six American service members in separate attacks in the south.

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