Ottawa

Talking to the Taliban

An interesting moment from Saturday’s state funeral seems particularly timely in light of this news.

Direct U.S. talks with the Taliban had evolved to a substantive negotiation before Afghan officials, nervous that the secret and independent talks would undercut President Hamid Karzai, scuttled them, Afghan and U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Mullah Mohammed Omar now acknowledges negotiations and the possibility of further talks.