Clinton says US in preliminary outreach to Taliban

WASHINGTON - A political solution is possible in Afghanistan, and the United States is in preliminary outreach to the Taliban there, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.
"We believe that a political solution ... is possible. The United States has a broad range of contacts at many levels across Afghanistan and the region ... including very preliminary outreach to members of the Taliban," Clinton told a Senate hearing. She added that "this is not a pleasant business," but part of efforts to end the insurgency in Afghanistan.