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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Presidency Of Hamid Karzai
The Afghan Taliban's top leader says the Islamic radicals who once sheltered Osama bin Laden view talks with the U.S. as a way to put an end to the "occupation" of Afghanistan, but will never abandon their religious principles or national interests.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday suspended talks on a bilateral security deal with the United States to protest the Obama administration's handling of peace negotiations with the Taliban militants who sheltered Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is pushing Pakistan to release more Taliban prisoners, including the group's deputy leader, in a move aimed at reviving peace talks with the militants, despite concern within his own administration that the battle-hardened Islamists could rejoin a decadelong insurgency that seeks to topple the government in Kabul.
Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who headed a national council dedicated to brokering peace with the Taliban, was killed in a suicide bombing at his home in Kabul on Tuesday.
A roadside bomb killed 12 civilians, including five children, in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday in an attack President Hamid Karzai condemned as "against all principles of Islam."
The main Afghan election observer group said Sunday that it had serious concerns about the legitimacy of this weekend's parliamentary vote because of reported fraud, even as President Hamid Karzai commended the balloting as a solid success.
The main Afghan election observer group said Sunday it had serious concerns about the legitimacy of this weekend's parliamentary vote because of reported fraud, even as President Hamid Karzai commended the balloting as a solid success.
The Taliban denounced this week's international conference on Afghanistan's future, saying the "vague and terrible agenda" shows that the United States and its allies intend to abandon the country and blame their ultimate defeat on the Afghan government.