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CIA Chief Says to Move Peace Talks Taliban Must Have No Hope of Winning

(Last Updated On: October 20, 2017 5:39 pm)

U.S. CIA Director Mike Pompeo says for peace talks in Afghanistan to move ahead the Taliban must have no hope of winning on the battlefield.

Speaking at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an American think tank, Pompeo emphasized that the United States can draw the Taliban into peace talks only if Pakistan avoid giving them safe havens on its soil.

The United States “is going to do everything we can, to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, with the Taliban having zero hope that they can win this thing on the battlefield,” he said.

He added,” to do that you cannot have a safe haven in Pakistan.”

In addition, he pointed to the recovery of  U.S.-Canadian couple who were kidnapped by Haqqani militants in Afghanistan in 2012, saying this family were held in captivity in Pakistan for five years.

“We had a great outcome last week when we were able to get back four U.S. citizens who had been held for five years inside of Pakistan,” he stated.

Earlier Pakistani officials had claimed that American Caitlan Cloeman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were rescued in Pakistan shortly after they crossed over from Afghanistan.

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