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West faces wrenching choice on dealing with Taliban

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Washington (AFP) – After two decades trying to destroy the Taliban, Western powers face the wrenching decision of whether to deal with the Islamist insurgents who have taken over Afghanistan. The Taliban already appear set to enjoy a warmer international reception than their draconian 1996-2001 regime did, with Russia, China and Turkey praising the militants’ initial public statements. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell put it bluntly Tuesday: “The Taliban have won the war, so we will have to talk with them.” The firmest rejection of recognition came from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trud…

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