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Jan 27, 2010

Neighbors back Afghan peace overtures to Taliban

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s neighbors gave their backing on Tuesday to plans to reconcile with Taliban insurgents two days ahead of an international conference to set a framework for handing security over to Afghan forces.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said late on Monday he would renew a call for removing Taliban leaders from a U.N. terrorist list. Senior U.S. army chiefs have held out the possibility of eventual talks with the Taliban leadership to end a war now into its ninth year.

Jan 26, 2010

Afghan neighbors seek common approach to conflict

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Neighbors of Afghanistan met in Istanbul on Tuesday to find a “single voice” in their approach to the conflict ahead of a major conference in London.

The international community wants regional players to cooperate in bringing stability to Afghanistan, the focus of a summit in London on Thursday that is expected to agree a framework for the Afghan government to take charge of security.

Jan 25, 2010

Talks with Taliban loom over Pakistani-Afghan summit

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan will seek closer cooperation in the fight against militants during a summit in Istanbul on Monday, but a plan to reach out to Taliban insurgents will likely dominate the talks.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari meet ahead of a London conference where Afghanistan and the international community are set to agree a framework for the Afghan government to take responsibility for its own security.

Jan 22, 2010

Turkey kicks off international meetings on Afghanistan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey hosts a meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbors next week to seek a common approach to the conflict that could center on gathering international support for negotiating some kind of peace with the Taliban.

The regional meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday will pave the way for an international conference in London on January 28 that may set a timetable for transferring responsibility for some areas to Afghan control.

Dec 24, 2009

Turkish deputy PM airs doubts over assassination plot

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc voiced doubts on Thursday at media reports that two army officers detained last weekend were part of a plot to assassinate him.

The reports fueled rumors of mounting tension between Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party and the armed forces, seen as guarantor of the secular constitution.

Dec 23, 2009

Turkish military breaks silence over new plot story

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s military broke its silence on Wednesday over reports that two officers had been detained on suspicion of plotting to assassinate a deputy prime minister, saying they were premature as police investigations were incomplete.

The reports fueled rumors of growing tension between Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party and the armed forces, seen as a guarantor of Turkey’s secular constitution.