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Afghans fearful of push to negotiate with Taliban

Many Afghans fear that the Karzai government's U.S.-backed effort to reconcile with the Taliban may result in too many concessions to the militants, eroding freedoms and undercutting gains in women's and minority rights.

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2011, 9:02 p.m.
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan—
It was a peaceful afternoon in a rose-fragrant Kabul park set aside for women. But when girls and women strolling its pathways were asked about the Afghan government's overtures to the Taliban movement, faces that had been alight with pleasure grew tight with apprehension.

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