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The top of the news and after twelve years of war in Afghanistan.
The US is set to start direct talks with the Taliban.
The hardline group is opening an office in del -- -- -- sources say negotiations will start in a few days.
The Taliban of course gave Osama bin Laden protection security and a place to live.
And allowed al-Qaeda to use its bases in Afghanistan to launch the attacks of 9/11.
Now we're starting peace talks.
Administration officials say they'll try to push the Taliban to break ties with al-Qaeda and end the violence in Afghanistan.
The announcement came just hours after the Afghan government forces formally took over responsibility for national security from NATO.
The fox sports chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt is in our New York City newsroom with more on this US officials admit.
This is a tall order negotiating with the Taliban.
Yeah from president -- -- Obama on down and chat they have emphasized today that they see this opening of talks with the Taliban.
As the first step in while they -- will be a very long process but they also say.
That the end of every wall is almost -- -- A political solution not a military solution.
President Obama also said today of the G-8 summit in northern island.
That it is equally necessary that the Afghan people take the lead listen.
The Afghan led -- have never owned.
Peace process is the best way to end the violence.
And to ensure lasting stability.
In Afghanistan and the region.
And so there's an important first step towards reconciliation although it's very -- step.
Anticipate there will be a lot of bumps in the road.
President Obama also said that at the Taliban want to be -- of Afghanistan's.
They need to -- nice terrorism embrace the Afghan constitution.
And also embrace women's right -- we've been talking here for years about the handing over a full control of security in Afghanistan.
To the Afghan forces it happened today.
Does anybody think they're ready.
Well and that exports will tell you that they are at least that much more ready then they would save four years ago before the US surged.
In Afghanistan I spoke to -- Jacobson an Afghan vet and also.
A former advisor to NATO in Afghanistan today.
He said that the big difference now is that the Afghan army thanks to United States look.
Isn't much back -- trained.
And also that the extremists among the Taliban and the other insurgent groups like the -- Connie network.
Have been largely disrupted listen.
The Haqqani Network -- -- -- the insurgency no longer have the capacity.
To be an existential threat to the existence of the Kabul government.
What they have the capacity to do is carry out limited albeit deadly strikes.
In individual areas.
And as if to emphasize the ability of some of these groups to carry out these limited but deadly strikes.
We got -- dreadful news tonight -- that fall Americans.
Have been killed in an insurgent attack at Bagram.
And base outside.
Of Kabul full -- names to be added to the more than 2100.
Americans who have died fighting the eleven and a half you know war in Afghanistan -- on the day of the handover for more Americans pay the ultimate price Jonathan thank you.
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