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Taliban suspends peace talks with U.S. as Panetta concludes Karzai visit

•, by Greg Jaffe
 The Afghan Taliban has suspended preliminary peace talks with the United States and will forgo opening a political office in Doha due to Washington’s “alternating and ever changing position,” the group said in a statement on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear whether the decision was related to Sunday’s killing of 16 Afghan civilians, apparently by a rogue U.S. staff sergeant, or the burning last month of several Korans on a U.S. military base. Both incidents sparked widespread outrage in Afghanistan.

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