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Taliban fighters jan 2012

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Former Taliban officials indicate preliminary talks with US are underway.
Family members and security officials say he was killed by a gunman in a passing car, while on his way to work.
New office hoped to aid Taliban-Afghan peace talks.
Taliban fighters jan 2012

Taliban fighters walk with their weapons after joining Afghan government forces for a ceremony in Ghazni province on January 16, 2012. Some 20 Taliban fighters including a key commander laid down arms and joined the peace process in Ghazni province. The Taliban, ousted from power by a US-led invasion in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, announced earlier this month that they planned to set up a political office in Qatar ahead of possible talks with the United States. AFP PHOTO/Aref Yaqubi

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