As the U.S. and its coalition fight an increasingly tough war against the Taliban, there is also new talk of reaching out to elements of the group with the aim of a political settlement.
On Thursday, an international conference in London will explore ways of bringing the Taliban into the government and how to transfer more security responsibility to Afghan forces.
Today the issue was also discussed in Istanbul with the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey.
There is growing hope that an agreement with the Taliban could end the war.
Should the U.S. and its allies start engaging the Taliban in order to iron out a power-sharing agreement?
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