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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.
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.
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.