'Mullah Omar Is Flexible' Former Members Trying to Coax Taliban to Table

Though the Taliban are celebrating the announced withdraw of US forces as a victory, a decade of war has taken a toll on them, as well. Mounting losses, the possibility of a continued American presence in Afghanistan and a number of skillful defectors-turned-middlemen are making them more willing to talk.
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, shown here in a dated photograph, has reportedly aurthorized a handful of people to engage in exploratory talks with Western forces.

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, shown here in a dated photograph, has reportedly aurthorized a handful of people to engage in exploratory talks with Western forces.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan