The surge in hostilities signals deadlock at stop-start peace talks involving U.S and Taliban negotiators
"I think the chances of a positive outcome through negotiations is higher than I have seen, and I've been deeply involved in Afghanistan for 18 years."
"I think we have to be open to all those things that empower and enable our diplomats"
The reclusive regime gave the U.S. until the end of this year to change its approach, warning that relations "may immediately come to an end."
Both the U.S. and the Taliban are in town to talk with Pakistani officials, but it was not known if the U.S. and Taliban would themselves meet