February 14th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Taliban won't talk peace with Afghans

By Nick Paton Walsh

The Taliban have met with U.S. officials to discuss possible peace talks, but do not want to negotiate with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government, a Taliban spokesman said Tuesday.

The spokesman's comments, rejecting a key American condition, could potentially derail American efforts for Afghans to reach a negotiated end to the decade-long war.

In an e-mail response to questions from CNN, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied previous reports that the Taliban had been invited to meet with the Karzai government in Saudi Arabia, saying that talks with what he called a "puppet" government were pointless.

Read more of Nick's reporting here

Filed under: Afghanistan • FIRST ON CNN/EXCLUSIVE • ISAF • Kabul • Karzai • Taliban • US Central Command
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  1. What Is

    Uh, the Taliban ARE Afghans.

    Why should they talk?

    Once the West is defeated and they and their cronies withdraw the Taliban postion will be much stronger. Then they will talk alright.

    When W. Bush diverted to Iraq in pursuit of the mythical WMD, that was the end of any decent chance in Afghanistan.

    In large measure the Iraqi resistance fighters (and W. Bush) will get credit for the Taliban victory in Afghanistan, since the Iraqis wore down the USA during the occupation of Iraq.

    February 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply

    no negosiatable talks with terorist, they are meant to die, because they ar killer

    February 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  3. John N. Seattle, WA

    I dont blame them one bit! The Karzai government has shown itself to be corrupt and untrustworthy! WHY we are backing this idiot is beyond me!

    February 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  4. HeyMrTaliban

    Hey Mr. Taliban tally me dead terrorists. Daylight come and me wanna go home.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply

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