Taliban Members Hiding in Pakistan Get NATO Escort to Peace Talks

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So much for taking them out, at least for today. The Times reports that face-to-face talks between Afghan president Hamid Karzai and "Taliban commanders from the highest levels of the group’s leadership" are under way. Included among the guests in Kabul are three members of the Quetta Shura (think Politburo) and one member of the Haqqani network, the hard-line guerrilla faction with ties to the Pakistani intelligence service. Pakistan's government has not said anything officially, but an anonymous official dismissed at least one member of the diplomatic entourage. “This guy is not in a position to make a deal,” he said. The Times withheld the identities of the visiting insurgents at the request of the Americans and the Afghans. [NYT]