US says Afghan Taliban 'not an enemy'

Reports say Washington will hold secret meetings with the group this year after statement by US officials.

    The US government has said in a statement that the Afghan Taliban are not neccessarily an enemy, a move that is part of a new policy to open talks with the group.

    Reports say Washington will hold secret meetings with the Taliban this year.

    As Barack Obama's campaign for re-election as US president gathers pace, his advisors are well aware that opinion polls show that two out of every three Americans now oppose the Afghanistan war.

    But some say it could hurt Obama on the road to a second presidential term.

    Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports from Washington.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.