Washington: Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Mohammed Omar wrote to President Barack Obama last year indicating an interest in talks key to ending the war in Afghanistan,current and former US officials told a foreign news agency.
The previously undisclosed communication was considered authentic by people who saw it, but skeptical administration officials say they cannot determine if it actually came from Omar. The unsigned letter was passed through a Taliban intermediary in July. An administration official says it represented views consistent with what Taliban emissaries had been telling U.S. officials.
A direct message from Omar could be a strong signal that the Taliban movement is interested in negotiation at the highest levels.