Chairman of the High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The leader of Afghanistan's peace council said Friday that Pakistan's decision to free nine Taliban prisoners shows that Islamabad is willing to help push the militant group to the negotiating table and end the violent war now in its 12th year. Time is running out for Afghan officials who want to see the peace process gain traction before most foreign troops leave the country at the end of 2014 _ the same year as Afghanistan's next presidential election. The peace council held a news conference in Kabul to report on its four-day trip to Islamabad where it had talks with high-ranking government, political and religious leaders.(AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

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Chairman of the High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The leader of Afghanistan's peace council said Friday that Pakistan's decision to free nine Taliban prisoners shows that Islamabad is willing to help push the militant group to the negotiating table and end the violent war now in its 12th year. Time is running out for Afghan officials who want to see the peace process gain traction before most foreign troops leave the country at the end of 2014 _ the same year as Afghanistan's next presidential election. The peace council held a news conference in Kabul to report on its four-day trip to Islamabad where it had talks with high-ranking government, political and religious leaders.(AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)
Chairman of the High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The leader of Afghanistan's peace council said Friday that Pakistan's decision to free nine Taliban prisoners shows that Islamabad is willing to help push the militant group to the negotiating table and end the violent war now in its 12th year. Time is running out for Afghan officials who want to see the peace process gain traction before most foreign troops leave the country at the end of 2014 _ the same year as Afghanistan's next presidential election. The peace council held a news conference in Kabul to report on its four-day trip to Islamabad where it had talks with high-ranking government, political and religious leaders.(AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)
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