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01/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Top Taliban Commander Rejects Negotiations With Afghan Government

The Taliban's second-highest ranking commander is playing down reports of proposed negotiations between members of his group and the Afghan government.

"The enemy wants to engage the Taliban and deviate their minds. Sometimes they offer talks, sometimes they offer other fake issues," said Mullah Hassan Rahmani, who is second in command to fugitive leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, in a rare interview. "The Taliban never ever tried for such talks, neither do we want these talks to be held."

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