US, Taliban have vested interest in talks
On the sidelines of the second Bonn conference in December, the US, Germany and Qatar agreed to set up a Taliban office in Doha. The move was supported by the Afghan government and welcomed by the fighters.
"The US president wants to show some success in the global war against terrorism as part of his campaign for the upcoming presidential elections due in November," political analyst Wahid Muzhda remarked.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the Obama administration was trying to hide its failures and preserve the achievements made in Afghanistan over the past decade.
"Similarly, the Taliban desire to realise their goals through the so-called peace talks," the analyst said, believing the guerrillas were trying to be recognised as a political force.
The recent development had boosted the Taliban's morale and as a result they would come up with stiffer resistance, he predicted.
A military analyst, Gen. Abdul Wahid Taqat, dubbed the US-Taliban parleys as a new political game, saying the insurgents had proved their mettle that they were unbeatable.
"The Taliban will get huge cash assistance by having a political office in Doha," he claimed, saying the US planned reconciliation with some of the militant leaders.
Other militant commanders were left out of the loop to give the US an excuse for retaining control over Afghanistan's natural resources and monitoring Gulf countries from its military bases in Afghanistan.
The Taliban ex-ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef, during an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said if the US was committed to peace talks, he had no doubt about Taliban's sincerity.
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