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Taleban Rejects Karzai's Peace Talks Offer

30 September 2007

The Taleban says it will never talk peace with the Afghan government as long as foreign troops remain in the country.

Taleban spokesman, Yousuf Ahmadi said Sunday the militant group has no interest in taking government posts, and is only interested in the withdrawal of foreign forces.

His remarks came a day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai offered government positions to insurgent leaders willing to disarm and join the country's political establishment.

In violence Sunday, at least two police officers were killed in Kandahar city while trying to defuse a remote-controlled bomb.

Also Sunday, the Danish army said there is a suspicion that two Danish soldiers killed last Wednesday in a clash with Taleban insurgents in Helmand province may have been the victims of friendly fire. An investigation into the incident is under way.

On Saturday, NATO officials say three Afghan civilians and at least one Taleban rebel were killed in a clash of NATO-led forces and Taleban rebels in eastern Paktia province. Officials say the Taleban rebels ambushed an Afghan army patrol.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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