February 10, 2010 6:50 PM

Afghan government in tentative talks with insurgent leader

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of Afghanistan's most brutal Islamist warlords, is holding tentative peace talks with the government of Afghanistan that could cause a split in the Taliban-led insurgency, Afghan politicians in Kabul said Wednesday. Hekmatyar's terms are softer than the Taliban's demand that U.S. and other foreign troops leave Afghanistan before peace talks can begin. Hekmatyar would allow international forces to remain in the country for 18 months.

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