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Taliban take major step toward Afghan peace talks

WASHINGTON — The Taliban signaled a breakthrough in efforts to open Afghan peace negotiations Tuesday, announcing the opening of a political office in Qatar and new readiness to talk with US and Afghan officials, who said in turn that they would travel to meet insurgent negotiators there within days.

If the talks begin, they would be a significant step in peace efforts that have been locked in an impasse for nearly 18 months, after the Taliban walked out and accused the United States of negotiating in bad faith. US officials have long pushed for such talks, believing them crucial to stabilizing Afghanistan after the 2014 Western military withdrawal.

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