February 2nd, 2010
07:39 AM ET

Experts: Time ripe for Taliban talks

The Taliban may have reached the peak of their military achievements in the war in Afghanistan, one of the world's top authorities on the Taliban said.

And that position of relative strength might make them more amenable to talks, Pakistani journalist and author Ahmed Rashid said in an interview Monday with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

"They can't go much further than where they are now," Rashid said. "They're across the country. They're having shadow governors and shadow government in all the major provinces, but they can't take the cities because of NATO firepower. They can't create a populist movement against the Americans. They tried and failed to do that."

"So in a way," Rashid added, "the Taliban are in a very strong position, which actually might make them more amenable for talks right now."

Read more from the interview on "Amanpour"


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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Taliban will promise anything to install Sharia Law, then as Pakistan found out, they'll expand their terror as far as they can. Do Not Make Any Deals with the Taliban other than where they can die.

    Death to the Taliban, no exceptions! And no deals to Muslim followers!

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