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Taliban appear intent on ‘battlefield victory’ – State Department

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it is working to forge an international consensus behind the need for an Afghanistan peace accord even as it acknowledged that “all indications” point to the Taliban seeking a “battlefield victory.” State Department spokesman Ned Price made the comments as envoys from the United States, China, Russia and other countries met in Doha with Taliban and Afghan government negotiators in a bid to break a deadlock in peace talks. The Islamist insurgents pressed offensives across Afghanistan that have overrun at least eight provincial c…

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