Captured Taliban insurgents are presented to the media in Ghazni province December 19, 2011. (Reuters)American officials are putting their fledgling efforts at reconciliation with Taliban leaders in Afghanistan to the test via a poposed exchange of confidence-building measures, Reuters reported Sunday.
The report noted that one such measure would be a transfer of some Taliban prisoners now in custody in the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan--if the Taliban would reciprocate with something like a formal denunciation of international terrorism.
"After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, senior U.S. officials say the talks have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible, leading to peace talks whose ultimate goal is to end the Afghan war," Reuters' Missy Ryan, Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball reported Sunday.
Vice President Joe Biden set out two basic conditions that undergird the newest overtures to engage constructively with Taliban leaders: the Islamist group's formal break with the terrorist group al-Qaida; and a commitment from Afghanistan to "cease and desist" serving as a haven for international terrorist group--as it had been for al-Qaida under Taliban rule in Afghanistan up until the U.S. invasion in 2001.Read More »from Taliban talks in spotlight as U.S. spells out minimum conditions