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Topic - Ghulam Farooq Wardak
Continued support from Pakistan's military and intelligence agency for a major Islamic terrorist network is hamstringing the Obama administration's efforts to withdraw U.S. troops from neighboring Afghanistan, according to Western officials and analysts.
A large number of Taliban and al Qaeda fighters "have lost all hope" and are seeking peace deals with the Afghan government since U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden last month, a senior Afghan official told The Washington Times this week.
"If he has any support that could be from non-Afghan networks of terrorism," he added.
"I don't think Haqqani has any support among the Zadran in Paktia and Khost provinces," said Ghulam Farooq Wardak, Afghanistan's education minister and a member of the peace council charged with leading reconciliation efforts with the Taliban.