NATO air raid kills Afghan policemen as Taliban and Afghan MPs meet in the Maldives

According to the BBC, Afghan officials say a NATO air attack has killed seven policemen in the northern province of Kunduz. The officers were mistakenly hit after a joint NATO-Afghan patrol was ambushed by Taliban insurgents. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it was investigating the reports.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that representatives of the Taliban and Afghan MPs met for talks in the Maldives last month. Arsala Rahmani, a former Taliban official who is now a member of Afghanistan’s parliament, was one of those who attended. He said mediators had told the militants’ representatives they should present a united front and conduct talks in consultation with the government and not through other channels. He did not elaborate but analysts say Kabul is suspicious of any Pakistani involvement.

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