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U.S. Could Transfer Gitmo Inmates

Could the United States follow up the withdrawal of troops from Iraq with a diplomatic breakthrough in Afghanistan? Reuters says secret discussions with the Taliban “have reached a critical juncture.” The U.S. is reportedly considering transferring Guantánamo Bay inmates into the custody of the Afghan government. In exchange, the Taliban might denounce international terrorism or formally enter peace talks with the Afghan government. Despite the progress, Reuters says a diplomatic breakthrough “remains a long shot.”

December 19, 2011 6:20 AM