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Taliban Shuts Down Office in Qatar

Hemera/Thinkstock(DOHA, Qatar) -- Less than a month after it opened its doors, the headquarters of the Taliban has shut down in the Qatari capital of Doha.

The new office was quickly steeped in controversy during its June 18 launch when Afghanistan accused the group of displaying itself as a "government in exile" by flying the white Taliban flag along with a plaque that read the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."

That was what the Taliban called itself from 1996 to 2001 until the U.S.-led invasion to destroy al Qaeda training camps following the 9/11 attacks.

Peace talks were supposed to have occurred soon after the Taliban headquarters opened but Afghan President Hamid Karzai said it would not participate in the negotiations that included the U.S.

The removal of the flag and sign didn't seem to placate Karzai, who balked at starting discussions with the Taliban.

With the office now closed, the Taliban say it will continue its battle to regain control of Afghanistan, thus seemingly putting to rest any chance of a non-military settlement to the 12-year-long war.

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