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Taliban commander: we cannot win war and al-Qaida is a ‘plague’

Posted by The Agonist on July 11th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Put this one under “unconfirmed” till we see the whites of somebody’s eyes:

‘Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, helped scupper the Taliban’s talks with the US because he resented being left out of negotiations.’

One of the Taliban’s most senior commanders has admitted the insurgents cannot win the war in Afghanistan and that capturing Kabul is “a very distant prospect”, obliging them to seek a settlement with other political forces in the country.

In a startlingly frank interview in Thursday’s New Statesman, the commander – described as a Taliban veteran, a confidant of the leadership, and a former Guantánamo inmate – also uses the strongest language yet from a senior figure to distance the Afghan rebels from al-Qaida.

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