US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged the Taliban to be part of a peaceful future in Afghanistan or “face continuing assault”, according to the BBC. She also kept up the pressure on Pakistan to deny militants sanctuary in tribal areas near the Afghan border. Clinton was speaking in Kabul after talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. She is due to travel on to Pakistan. Relations between the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan are currently strained. Karzai has expressed frustration at the process to engage the Taliban after the assassinations of several key Afghan leaders.