February 14th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Taliban will not talk peace with Karzai government, spokesman says

(CNN) - The Taliban have met with U.S. officials to discuss possible peace talks, but do not want to negotiate with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government, a Taliban spokesman said Tuesday.

The spokesman's comments, rejecting a key American condition, could potentially derail American efforts for Afghans to reach a negotiated end to the decade-long war.

In an e-mail response to questions from CNN, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied previous reports that the Taliban had been invited to meet with the Karzai government in Saudi Arabia, saying that talks with what he called a "puppet" government were pointless.

"We have never been asked to attend talks with Karzai administration officials in Saudi Arabia, but even if we are asked to attend, we won't because (the) Karzai government is a puppet and unauthorized, and meeting with them will not be beneficial in solving the issue," Mujahid wrote in a message from an e-mail account regularly used by the Taliban to issue statements.

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  1. Philip

    Some truly believe God's word, even if it shows them wanting in the lifestyle department. Others "believers" cherry pick and ignore the scriptures that condemn their chosen lifestyles. Others call it a book of stories. Well, every story has a lesson. What's the moral to the story? And then some don't even believe in morality or immorality. Which catergory do we fall in?

    February 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    ...as far as the Koran goes, it's moral to the story is defend your God given homeland from the coming invaders. Watch out! False Muslims will join forces with the invading infidels. Deal most harshly with them to instill the fear of Allah into the hearts of young men thinging of turning Renegade temted by the riches of mere infidels. (kinda like the bible story of religious leaders being "wolves in sheeps clothing". Rich men. Where'd they get their money? Same place Renegade Muslims do.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    To give you the FULL FLAVOR of another reason why true Muslims would never deal with a "puppet leader" let me tell you about an article I came across.

    Would Bagram, ring a bell with anyone?

    You may recall back in January of 2010 The control over a U.S. military prison to Karzai was given.
    Apparently this prison has been deemed even worse than Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    Detainees in Bagram are not given lawyers or trials.
    The U.S. even refuses to provide a list of prisoners held there.
    A number of Bagram prisoners have been murdered.
    The Obama administration has gone out of its way to deny prisoners basic legal rights, including the right to habeas corpus.
    Moreover, the attorneys that were finally given to the prisoners are not even lawyers.
    Non have been charged or given a trial.
    Oh, and by the way that prison is located on a US military base.

    My point If they'll do it to them they'll do it to those in America who are innocent.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    @philip; who is we? gotta mouse in your pocket?

    February 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      and some stories are just for fun..

      February 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      ....or is he just glad to see you?

      February 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. M. Kashif Hussain

    well that"s again false story released by American Authority. After such a long time why America Now want to Negotiation with Taliban which American gives a name of PEACE which not linked to see far far away.

    War is not a solution with any problems, United States of America how many billions & billions have lost in war and
    Afghanistan result comes out smae like IRAQ, simply no advantage. This amount of money if USA use in their Budget
    So, imagine how many Americans gets benefits: JOB, ECONOMY, and betterment for their citizens.
    How many American's people suffering in problems which still under the Responsibility on government end.

    The best option and my opinion to U.S.A government, its better to leave the Afghanistan as soon as, and make seriously
    consideration with their own citizen. Because, U.S.A, CANADA, FRANCE, AUSTRALIA, BRITAIN, BELGIUM.
    cannot jointly brings a PEACE in whole Region, How would U.S.A bring a Peace after demolished Afghanistan since 10-12 years.?

    April 18, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
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