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Thursday
Oct202011

Hillary Clinton in Afghanistan to Revive Peace Talks

U.S. Department of State(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Following her unannounced visit to Libya to offer the new government there U.S. support, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed up in Afghanistan Wednesday in an effort to jump start a peaceful ending to the 10-year-long war.

During her stay, Clinton will hold talks with President Hamid Karzai and other officials about ways of including the Taliban in peace talks.  The task was made more difficult by the murder last month of Afghanistan's top negotiator, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Karzi, who viewed Rabbani as the best person for the job, has been reluctant to resume the peace process, insisting that Pakistan must also be involved.  Kabul has suggested that Pakistan's rogue spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, may have ordered the assassination.

Nonetheless, Clinton and the White House are pushing for a resumption of negotiations, which might also include the Haqqani network, another militant group with possible ties to the Pakistani government.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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