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Doha Talks: Afghan government decides to discuss the "legitimacy of war"

What could become the next potential point of contention in the intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha, the Republic (Afghan government) team has decided to first discuss the “legitimacy of war” with the Taliban before any other discussion in the second phase of talks

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Afghan president invites Taliban to Kandahar for peace talks

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Afghan forces kill 12 Taliban in counter-attacks

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