US, Karzai Clash On Unconditional Talks With Taliban

04/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On the surface, it would seem unlikely that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who presides over a politically feeble government and is highly dependent on the U.S. military presence and economic assistance, would defy the United States on the issue of peace negotiations with the leadership of the Taliban insurgency.

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