Taliban could be different: Britain's army chief

The leaders of the Taliban will show themselves to the world, an official of the Islamist movement said on Wednesday (August 18), unlike during the last 20 years, when its leaders have lived largely in secret.

Nick Carter, Britain's chief of the defense staff, said he was in contact with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai who Carter said would meet the Taliban on Wednesday.

"We may well discover, if we give them the space, that this Taliban is of course more reasonable but what we absolutely have to remember is that they are not a homogenous organization - the Taliban is a group of disparate tribal figures that come from all over rural Afghanistan."

Carter said the Taliban were essentially "country boys" who lived by the so called "Pashtunwali," the traditional tribal way of life and code of conduct of the Pashtun people.

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