Topic: Arsala Rahmani
A video that appears to show Marines urinating on Taliban soldiers comes just as the US is trying to reach out to the Taliban. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called the actions 'utterly deplorable.'
The Taliban announcement that it would open an office in Qatar is a first step toward talks. But history shows that negotiated withdrawals are often designed to test the patience of the departing Army.
The Haqqani network has agreed to discuss a peace proposal with government-backed mediators.
Kabul may have tried to reach out to current insurgents by meeting with former Taliban in Saudi Arabia late last month.