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ANALYSIS: Mullah Omar key for Afghan talks: experts

AFP, KABUL

“I think both the US and the Taliban realize they have to talk to each other,” Khan said.

Whatever the status of talks, all sides clearly have a vested interest in keeping something so sensitive under wraps.

However, in a situation of such shadowy uncertainty, the US and its allies will also be wary of repeating the kind of humiliating mistake that hit efforts to talk peace with the Taliban last year.

In November, a man who claimed to be a senior Taliban commander was apparently brought to Kabul on a NATO aircraft to meet Karzai, before being exposed as a shopkeeper from Quetta, Pakistan.

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