1. NO COMPROMISE

    Taliban Calls Off U.S. P.O.W. Talk

    Undated image from video footage taken from a Taliban-affiliated website shows a man who says he is Private First Class Bowe R. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in southeastern Afghanistan in late June. The Afghan Taliban said on December 25, 2009 that they had issued a new video tape of Bergdahl and added that in it he asks his government to take part in a prisoner exchange deal. REUTERS via Reuters TV (CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR28CBI

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    Peace talks with the Afghan Taliban appear to be crumbling very fast. Last week, it was revealed that the U.S. and the Afghan Taliban were renewing discusssions about a swap of five Taliban members for America's only prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. However, on Sunday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said "The leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the process for some time due to the current complex political situation in the country." On the same day, the Taliban killed 21 Afghan soliders in the mountainous region of Kunar, which borders Pakistan. Six soliders are also missing after the Taliban's most deadly assault on Afghan security forces in months.

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