KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Commanding Gen. David Petraeus is
confirming that coalition forces have allowed Taliban
representatives to travel to Kabul for peace discussions with the
A Taliban spokesman says all such talk is only propaganda,
designed to lower the morale of the movement's fighters.
Petraeus says several "very senior Taliban leaders" have
reached out to the Afghan government "at the highest levels," and
have in some cases "reached out to other countries involved in
He describes the discussions as "preliminary in nature."
In Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have told followers that there
are no official peace talks with the U.S.-backed Afghan government.
U.S. officials speaking anonymously say there have been
preliminary discussions that date back a couple of months and
involve mid- to senior-level Taliban but not top-level