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11 rebels join peace process in Herat

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen militants on Wednesday joined the peace process in western Herat province, an official said.

Local officials said the reconciling militants had been active against the government in Guzra district.

They laid down their weapons in the presence of the governor and promised partaking in improving the security situation of the province.

Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi told a ceremony welcoming the former fighters that all rebels should shun insurgency and return to a normal life.

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Former UN Adviser Talks Taliban’s Future

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RFE/RL: What is your assessment of Tehrik-e Taliban (TTP) Pakistan after they claimed this week’s horrific attack in Peshawar, massacring some 150 schoolchildren and teachers?

Michael Semple, a former UN and EU adviser in Afghanistan, has studied the Taliban since their emergence in the 1990s. The Irish academic sees the Pakistani Taliban fragmenting into armed criminal gangs while the organizationally strong Afghan Taliban is likely to find peace with Kabul because of their fear of irrelevance.

Michael Semple: The TTP in December 2014 is much weaker than it was before the North Waziristan operation began back in June. As well as having lost its bases, it has suffered multiple leadership challenges and fragmentation. However, most of the key TTP commanders are still in business. They say they are still determined to wage their version of jihad, and the dreadful attack in Peshawar is an expression of that. It is an attack from a position of weakness rather than of strength.

Michael Semple on Peace Talks With the Taliban

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U.S officials are trying to get peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government back on track after disputes over the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar last week.

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