US tests push for sweeping change in Afghanistan as pullout nears

Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden is testing whether he can bring sweeping changes in Afghanistan, including a potential government involving the Taliban, in a high-risk strategy as he weighs whether to honor a May deadline to end America’s longest war. In a letter leaked to Afghan media over the weekend, Secretary of State Antony Blinken encouraged Afghan leaders to consider a “new, inclusive government” and proposed that talks take place within weeks in Turkey to seal a peace deal with the Taliban. The behind-the-scenes but dramatic diplomacy comes as Biden completes a review on one of …

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