NEGOTIATING? Afghan President Hamid Karzai, here with U.S. Gen. David H. Petraeus in April, reportedly has met with al Qaeda-affiliated groups, perhaps about a government in Kabul. (Associated Press)

NEGOTIATING? Afghan President Hamid Karzai, here with U.S. Gen. David H. Petraeus in April, reportedly has met with al Qaeda-affiliated groups, perhaps about a government in Kabul. (Associated Press)