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Obama, Karzai support Taliban talks in Qatar

US President Barack Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai support the idea of holding talks with the Taliban in its Qatar office, the White House said Tuesday, reviving hopes for a peace process. The announcement came despite a brazen Taliban assault on the Afghan presidential palace in the heart of Kabul Tuesday, in which three security guards and all five assailants were killed in an hour-long gunbattle. In a video call, the two leaders agreed that “an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation…