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The Obama administration plans to send a high-level official to Qatar, where the Taliban have opened an office.
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By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) – For a long time, U.S. intelligence officials have testified before congressional committees that there are probably fewer than 100 al Qaeda terrorists remaining in Afghanistan. They have suggested that there are many more al Qaeda members in other countries, including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
If true, and I believe it is, that raises this question: Why does the United States still have 90,000 troops in Afghanistan and virtually none in those other countries?
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama says he wants to negotiate a peace settlement with the Taliban, the group in Afghanistan that harbored al Qaeda in the years leading up to 9/11. “So as we strengthen the Afghan government and security forces, America will join initiatives that reconcile the Afghan people, including the Taliban,” he said in his Wednesday evening White House address.
He then spelled out these conditions for such negotiations: “They must be led by the Afghan government, and those who want to be part of a peaceful Afghanistan must break from al Qaeda, abandon violence, and abide by the Afghan constitution.”