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No joke: Obama and Karzai agree to allow the Taliban to open an office in Qatar

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By Doug Powers  •  January 11, 2013 04:21 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

What could go wrong?

From a statement on the White House website:

The Leaders [Obama and Karzai] said that they would support an office in Doha for the purpose of negotiations between the High Peace Council and the authorized representatives of the Taliban. In this context, the Leaders called on the armed opposition to join a political process, including by taking those steps necessary to open a Taliban office. They urged the Government of Qatar to facilitate this effort. The two Presidents reiterated that the outcomes of peace and reconciliation must respect the historic achievements that Afghanistan has made over the past decade, including protecting the rights that all citizens of Afghanistan, both men and women, guaranteed under the constitution. As a part of the outcome of any process, the Taliban and other armed opposition groups must end violence, break ties with Al Qaeda, and accept Afghanistan’s constitution.

And if the office thing goes well look for the Taliban to be allowed a team in the Afghan Bowling League so they can finally have a crack at unseating reigning champs the Panjshir Pinblasters.

The Taliban confirm the new office, and are already making demands even before the Selectrics have been plugged in:

The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they have reached a preliminary agreement to set up a political office Qatar, and asked for the release of prisoners held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Naturally President Obama will make the Taliban adhere to EEOC hiring regs as a condition of allowing them to open an office, right?

Here’s more about the newest lessees at the Doha Office Park (I’m not even going to ask who’s going to end up covering what I’m guessing will be a rather steep damage deposit because I think I know the answer):

Despite repeated demands from Obama since 2009, the Taliban has not disassociated itself from its fellow jihadis in al-Qaida, even after U.S. forces toppled the Taliban government in 2001 following al-Qaida’s jihad attack in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

Their alliance is based on shared religious and ideological views, personal ties, beneficial military cooperation and a growing confidence they can seize control of Afghanistan once Obama pulls U.S. forces from the country in 2014.

So, an office it is then.

Twitchy has some #TalibanOfficeRules, for those of you thinking of sending in an application.

**Written by Doug Powers

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