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There has been talk lately that the White House wants to hold peace talks with Taliban leaders in hopes of ending the 12 year war the US has been fighting in Afghanistan.  The talks were to be held in Qatar where the Taliban has an official office.

Last week, those peace talks were stalled in jeopardy of never taking place because Afghan officials complained about the Taliban’s flag and seal being displayed at their Qatar office building.  Even though the government of Qatar had given the Taliban permission to erect the flagpole and display their flag and seal, peace efforts hinged on their removal.  By Sunday it was reported that police had removed both the flagpole and seal in order to help the peace talks move forward.

The Taliban had taken control of Afghanistan and ruled it with an iron fist.  After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the US launched a military invasion of Afghanistan which pushed the Taliban out of power and control of the country and helped establish the current government run by President Hamid Karzai.  But the Taliban have not given up the fight to regain their power and control of Afghanistan.

As peace talks between the Taliban, US and Afghan governments are tenuously hanging in the balance, Taliban militants attack a party of foreign tourists in Pakistan.  The tourists were visiting the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest mountain in the world.  The mountain and base camp are located in the northern area of Pakistan that has been relatively free of the ongoing conflicts that have been waged throughout the rest of Pakistan and Afghanistan.