"Many Afghans were tired of the high-handedness of the West in their country and cherished Karzai for standing up, as it was seen, to the mighty U.S.," said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
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Mr. Ruttig said there have always been contacts between people in the Afghan government and the Taliban because of the nature of the structure of Afghan society.
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