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Old guard Taliban 'want to negotiate end of conflict'

US diplomats are set to meet Taliban representatives in Qatar for the first formal direct talks. The meeting will take place following months of negotiations.

Dr. Rudra Chaudhuri Credit: Daybreak

Dr Rudra Chaudhuri compiled a report on the issue last year following a interviews with four senior Taliban figures.

He told Daybreak "the old guard of the Taliban want some sort of a negotiative end to this conflict."

He added: "There is a recognition amongst all sides that military victory, be it by the American led victory or the Taliban military victory is out of the question."

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