Afghan peace process: New developments reported

Afghan peace process: New developments reported
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KABUL - Afghanistan 's President Ashraf Ghani has announced a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as his government pledged unwavering commitment to resolve the conflict despite persistent bloodshed.

The Afghan government, western diplomats and united nations officials have in recent weeks raised hopes of finally reaching a deal to end the Taliban's 17-year insurgency.

Such optimism has been tempered by continuing attacks, including a massive blast outside a British Security Company's Compound in Kabul late Wednesday -- claimed by the Taliban -- which killed at least 10 people.

The latest violence came just hours after Ghani told an international conference in Geneva that his government had formed a 12-person negotiating team, comprised of both men and women, to talk peace with the Taliban.

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