Skip to comments.Peace Envoys From Taliban at Loose Ends in Qatar (Party!)
Posted on 04/11/2013 5:22:36 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
DOHA, Qatar When a handful of Taliban emissaries flew into Qatar on an American plane in 2010, the Obama administration hoped they would help negotiate a peace deal that could stabilize Afghanistan and allow the United States a graceful exit.
Three years after that secret arrival, the Taliban officials remain idle and their political office here remains unused.
They are just living here enjoying the air-conditioning, driving luxury cars, eating and making babies, one Afghan diplomat in Qatar said. Its all they can do; they have no work to do.
They are unlikely to see a negotiating table anytime soon either, with the new fighting season in Afghanistan off to a particularly violent start and with the latest push to restart talks all but abandoned. Once again, the Talibans attention is on the battlefield, and on what may be gained or lost there as the American military begins its withdrawal from the war.
The Taliban presence here eight or more relatively high-ranking officials with their families, Afghan officials say is occasionally reconfirmed in a sighting on the streets or, in the case of the Afghan diplomat, when the Taliban men come to the sleepy Afghan Embassy here to register the birth of another child.
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