Sunday, September 18, 2011

Haqqani Network Announces Support for Taliban Peace Talks

The most feared faction fighting Nato troops in Afghanistan would support the Taliban leadership in any future peace talks.The statement was made by Sirajuddin Haqqani, the son of the legendary Mujahideen leader Jalaluddin Haqqani and now commander of the most ruthless insurgency militia.

Although the United States has put a $5 million reward on his head as his faction has been blamed for some of the most damaging assaults on Nato forces in Afghanistan, and his statement in an interview with Reuters has caused a wave of excitement among Afghanistan analysts and foriegn diplomats.

The Haqqanis had been thought to be opposed to recent talks between the representative of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Tayeb Agha, and American state department officials in Qatar and Germany earlier this year.

Sirajuddin Haqqani had also claimed that his group had rejected direct approaches for peace talks and offers of government positions if he abandoned his group's insurgency.

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