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Iran Hosts Taliban Talks With Afghan Officials as U.S. Exits War

  • U.S. has handed control of its main military base to Kabul
  • Iran shares an extensive, remote border with Afghanistan

Iran is hosting talks between senior Taliban negotiators and officials from the Afghan government, as the militants make rapid territorial gains ahead of the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces.

The Taliban said its delegation was led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, deputy head of the movement’s political office in Qatar, where months of formal peace talks between the Afghan adversaries appear to have stalled.