DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Prominent al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban
fighters asked Pakistani militants in a pair of rare meetings to set
aside their differences and step up support for the battle against
U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, militant commanders said Monday.
The meetings were held in Pakistan's tribal region in November and December at the request of the Afghan Taliban's
leadership council. They could indicate the militants are struggling in
Afghanistan, or conversely, that they want to make sure they hit U.S.
forces hard as the Americans accelerate their withdrawal this year. That
could give the Taliban additional leverage in any peace negotiations.
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