U.S. talks with the Taliban could be a breakthrough in the Afghan war – washingtonpost

Taliban fighters celebrate a cease-fire on June 16 in the Ghanikhel district of Nangahar province, (REUTERS/Parwiz/File Photo)

 A first possible breakthrough in the 17-year Afghan conflict came in June, when a brief cease-fire during a Muslim holiday produced a spontaneous celebration by Afghan troops, civilians and Taliban fighters. The nationwide yearning for peace became palpable.

Now, in a development that could build on that extraordinary moment, a senior American diplomat and Taliban insurgent officials have reportedly held talks for the first time, meeting in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar and agreeing to hold further sessions. According to Taliban officials, they discussed …. Read More on washingtonpost