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The Taliban in Afghanistan have suspended preliminary peace negotiations with the United States.

The group blamed the Americans' "ever-changing position" and said US efforts to involve the Afghan authorities was a key stumbling block to further talks.

The Taliban regard the Kabul government as illegitimate.

Meanwhile President Karzai urged Nato troops to leave Afghan villages after a US soldier killed 16 civilians. US officials denied any major rift.

Officials told the BBC that the priority for Afghan government was to avoid civilian casualties at any cost.

President Hamid Karzai told the visiting US defence secretary Leon Panetta that Afghan troops should take the lead for nationwide security in 2013.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Taliban said they had agreed to talks focusing on a political office being established in Qatar and on a prisoner exchange.

They said they were suspending the talks because of "the shaky, erratic and vague standpoint of the Americans".

US diplomatic sources say the Taliban were told by US negotiators that the Afghan government had to be a part of any negotiations.

The Taliban statement reiterated that the group "considers talking with the Kabul administration as pointless."

Other conditions reportedly set by the US in the talks include accepting of the Afghan constitution - which the Taliban have rejected - and publicly denouncing al-Qaeda.

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says the Taliban's suspension of the talks is a significant setback for efforts to begin substantive negotiations with the insurgents.

It was thought that a deal to exchange five Taliban fighters currently held at Guantanamo Bay for a kidnapped American soldier was only weeks away, our correspondent adds.

The killing of 16 Afghan villagers - including women and children - on Sunday has intensified calls for the withdrawal of foreign troops.

A statement from President Karzai's office said that as a result, "international security forces have to be taken out of Afghan village outposts and return to (larger) bases".

The American soldier accused of carrying out the shooting was based at a small compound in Kandahar province. Mr Karzai said the incident had harmed relations with the US.

US officials later appeared to play down the statement. Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters it reflected "President Karzai's strong interest in moving as quickly as possible to a fully independent and sovereign Afghanistan".

He added: "We believe that we need to continue to work together because that's an American goal as well."

The US soldier - who has not been named or charged - was flown to Kuwait on Wednesday.

Afghan MPs had demanded that he be tried in Afghanistan. Correspondents say that scenario is very unlikely.

Nato and the US administration have insisted that there will be no change of strategy in Afghanistan.

Nato's International Security Assistance Force plans to withdraw all of its combat forces by the end of 2014. American troops are also following that timetable.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17379163


Added: Mar-15-2012 Occurred On: Mar-15-2012
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  • We’ve fallen a long way since WWII, peace talks? What happened to WINNING?
    Another reason why we shouldn’t be there.

    Did we have peace talks with the Japanese Empire or the Nazi’s?

    Leave these Bronze Age savages to eat sand and dirt, their culture and values are hopeless.

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    • @Moore Slayer

      yup, its enough, time to bring the troops home, you cant save people who dont want to be saved

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    • @Moore Slayer You can't win. That would be racist.

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    • @elmerfudd13: Winning would be the easy part. We don’t fight to win anymore, we fight to perpetuate a bloated federal budget and more spending and money printing.

      We were able to subdue and rebuild Japan and Germany because anyone left alive were so thoroughly defeated and humiliated there was no hope or chance of reestablishing their totalitarian ideologies.

      Now the Liberal progressives tell us that “all cultures are equal” and “who are we to judge other cultures” etc. That and we More..

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    • @Moore Slayer We'd also have to invade Pakistan because Pakistan is a failed state that has no state control over vast regions of its country.

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  • there shouldn't have been negotiations in the first place. US policy has always been that "WE DON'T NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORIST"

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    • @ALEWAR0311
      Why then USA is trying to negotiate with the Taliban for the last three years? USA has lost 4 trillion dollar and sense that in Afghanistan the Taliban is the boss. If USA want to saty in Afghanistan then USA need to be Taliban's biatch.

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  • Good. Means will have more vids of them getting killed.

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  • Peace is not a mulsim word

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  • They are withdrawing because they don't need to negotiate. We've already announced our withdrawal plans, so all they need to do is wait. And that's what they are going to do.

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  • Mother fucker. Since when does the U.S. negotiate with throat-slicing terrorists?

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  • Seems like Karzai wants the taliban lol who would of thought

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  • good morning Vietnam

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  • taliban have not known peace in 30 years... how can they "talk" it.

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  • ~current headlines:

    KARZAI: GET OUT!
    Afghan president wants U.S. troops out of villages...
    U.S. moves massacre soldier to Kuwait; Afghans furious...
    Thousands protest, chant anti-American slogans...
    Taliban suspends peace talks with US...
    Obama Fills Out NCAA Basketball Bracket...

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  • Just fucken nuke em and get it done with already .

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  • What a fucking waste of NATO troop lives... 10 years and that shithole will be the same shithole it was before and will be that way for a thousand years.

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  • pointless war

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  • I think the "we're going to cut the head off any American we can" statement kind of covered that. But hey, what ever it takes to make one feel in control.

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  • Big deal

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  • US says the Taliban helps tha AQ. They attack the Afghanistan. They talk to Taliban, but not to 90% of the recistens. Why just the taliban, if they indeedd helped the AQ. Taliban isnt even 10% of the recistens. American policys is only ment to blind the americans.

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  • Peace talks with the Taliban. Who didn't see that happening ten years ago. We really are dumb all over. People actually vote for our "representatives".

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  • There was never peace talks going on with 'The Taliban'.

    Perhaps small pockets of resistance but not the organisation.

    Imaginary peace talks do tend to fail and are often one sided.

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  • our goals seem a bit...pussy

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  • A handful of American troops have fucked any chance of wining.

    To win, you needed the average Afgan on your side and not against you.

    90% of Americans just can't see this.

    You need to learn the art of warfare!!!!!!

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