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 e
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