The U.S. and the Taliban came close to a deal last month in which the Afghan group would have renounced international terrorism and the U.S. would have sent a handful of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Qatar to be placed under house arrest, a senior administration official told The Washington Post.
“Right now, things have stopped,” the official said. The deal collapsed over objections from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to The Post.
The deal would have included the transfer of five Afghans from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay to house arrest in Qatar, where the Taliban was to open an office. In addition to the statement renouncing international terrorism, the Taliban would have agreed to start negotiations with the Afghan government.
The discussions were the closest officials have come to genuine peace negotiations in the past year, The Post reported. The officials expect to reestablish some of the talks in 2012.