Karzai: Talks With Taliban Have Begun

    ELLESBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 28:  Afghan President Hamid Karzai attends a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Prime Minister's country residence of Chequers on January 28, 2012 in Ellesborough, England. President Karzai thanked Britain for sacrificing 'blood and treasure' in Afghanistan, after signing an Enduring Strategic Partnership agreement which aims to achieve the goal set in 2010 of establishing a new framework for the longer term relationship between Britain and Afghanistan.  (Photo by Carl Court - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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    Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government is in direct talks with the Taliban, along with the United States. "There have been contacts between the U.S. government and the Taliban, there have been contacts between the Afghan government and the Taliban, and there have been some contacts that we have made, all of us together, including the Taliban," he told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. It's somewhat surprising that the Taliban would talk directly with the Afghan government: since they were ousted in 2001, the Taliban has insisted they are the real Afghan government and have refused to talk with the “puppet government,” though they've been open to talks with the U.S. Karzai also said that the majority of Taliban fighters are "definitively willing to seek peace.”

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