Afghan talks postponed amid fallout from news of Taliban leader’s death

By Pamela Constable, Brian Murphy, July 30, 2015

KABUL — Taliban officials Thursday confirmed the death of the group’s founder and picked his former deputy as successor even as they put the brakes on peace talks with Afghan leaders.A series of moves — which included strengthening ties with a militant faction that has al-Qaeda links — pointed to possible rifts within the Taliban and a potential major blow to hopes for negotiating an end Afghanistan’s 14-year conflict.Read full article >>

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