KABUL, Afghanistan — Three Taliban leaders secretly met
with Afghanistan's president two weeks ago in an effort to weaken the
US-led coalition's most vicious enemy, a powerful al-Qaida linked
network that straddles the border region with Pakistan.
Kabul, the meeting included a wanted former Taliban governor and an
imprisoned militant who were flown to the capital from the Pakistani
city of Peshawar, according to a former Afghan official.
were not directly linked to the Afghan government's efforts to broker a
peace with the Taliban and find a political resolution to the
insurgency. Rather, they were part of an effort to weaken the Haqqani
network, the former official said over the weekend. A Western official,
who spoke anonymously because he had no authority to discuss the talks,
confirmed that a meeting between President Hamid Karzai and Taliban
figures had taken place, but did not know its full details or the names
of all the participants.