KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Wednesday that the Taliban's refusal to involve the government in peace talks means the end to a conflict that has lasted 17 years can only remain a dream.

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had called off peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week due to an "agenda disagreement," especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a possible ceasefire and prisoner exchange.

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The U.S. government says it's okay to kill Taliban insurgents battling American troops in Afghanistan.

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lackwater security contractors guard Zalmay Khalilzad, then the U.S. ambassador to Iraq and now U.S. special peace envoy for Afghanistan, as he arrives at a community sports center in Baghdad in 2006. (Associated Press/Jacob Silverberg)

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Iran has been holding talks with the Afghan Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government, Iranian media quoted a top Iranian security official as saying.

The news comes just days after the militant group attended reconciliation talks with a U.S. peace envoy in Abu Dhabi.

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In the week before President Donald Trump's reported decision to abruptly withdraw 7,000 U.S. service members from Afghanistan, the top U.S. commander there all but admitted that the 17-year-old war there will not end with a military victory for the Pentagon.

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