The Afghan Taliban has named one of its co-founders as the leader of its political office in Qatar, as part of a major reshuffle that comes as talks with the United States to end the 17-year war appear to gain momentum.

The appointment of Abdul Ghani Baradar on Thursday was announced as a meeting in Doha between the group’s representatives and US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad that was originally scheduled to last for two days entered its fourth

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