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Taliban talks 'important'

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A former British army commander in Afghanistan says that it is "critically important" to talk to the Taliban in order to undermine the insurgency. But Colonel Richard Kemp, who commanded the 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, says that 'talking to the leadership, to Mullah Omar, at this point, is an impossibility'.

But James Fergusson, author of A Million Bullets, says that a foreign military presence in the country is a bar to negotiations with the Taliban and that the United States and the UK should speak to its leaders.

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