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August 7, 2022

Taliban ‘ready for Afghan peace talks’

KABUL – The Taliban says its political wing is ready to enter peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan. In an emailed statement, the group said it has increased its efforts to bring about peace in the troubled nation.  But it also reiterated its opposition to the current Afghan constitution, and it referred to the government led by President Hamid Karzai as a “stooge” administration, according to Voice of America.

Also Thursday, a Taliban spokesman said an online video that appears to show U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters will not affect plans to begin talks. Zabihullah Mujahid said because the process is so preliminary, the video controversy will likely not affect plans for talks or a proposed prisoner exchange.

The NATO security force in Afghanistan strongly condemned the actions depicted in the video by a small group of U.S. Marines who apparently are no longer serving in Afghanistan.

President Karzai said the government is “deeply disturbed” by the video and the actions depicted amount to desecration of the Afghans’ bodies. The Pentagon has said it is investigating the origin of the video, but has not verified its authenticity.

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