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identified because he feared retaliation, said Aga was in Germany. A diplomat in the region said Aga fled to a European country after his contacts with the United States were revealed.

In a series of interviews with diplomats, current and former Taliban, Afghan government officials and a close childhood friend of Aga, the AP learned Aga is hiding in Europe, and is afraid to return to Pakistan fearing reprisals.

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A member of that High Peace Council, who asked not to be identified by name so he could talk candidly, told the AP that the leaking of the talks reveals the level of mistrust and the lack of coordination among the key players in any eventual peace deal.

Pakistan had also been kept in the dark about the talks, people knowledgeable about them said. An Afghan official with contacts with the Taliban said the insurgents decided not to tell Pakistan about the meetings with the United States. official said. official on condition he not be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic.

Featured prominently in the talks was the whereabouts and eventual release of

The AP sought comment from Karzai's office but was referred to palace press department spokesman Hamid Elmi, who did not answer his phone during repeated calls.

officials told The Associated Press.

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Afghanistan's High Peace Council tasked by Karzai with finding a negotiated settlement with insurgents has requested Khairkhwa's release. side, and further eroded thin trust in Karzai. diplomats, military officials and others about how directly Karzai should be blamed, but several officials agreed that the leak was an attempt to torpedo a diplomatic channel that Karzai and his inner circle worried would sideline and undercut the Afghan leader.

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Taliban had argued that while al Qaida is focused on worldwide jihad against the West, Taliban militants have focused on Afghanistan and have shown little interest in attacking targets abroad. officials said. also offered assurances that it would not block the Taliban from opening an office in a third country, the official said. official with knowledge of the discussion said. For example, a coded reference to the talks appeared on a Taliban affiliated website following one meeting, just as Aga said it would, one official said. custody in Guantanamo Bay and Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital where an estimated 600 Afghans are being held. Still at Guantanamo Bay is former Taliban Defense Ministry Chief of Staff Mullah Mohammed Fazil, Taliban intelligence official Abdul Haq Wasiq and former Herat governor Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa.

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The talks were deliberately revealed by someone in the presidential palace, where Karzai's office is located, said a Western and an Afghan official.

a senior Western diplomat in the region and a childhood friend of the Taliban negotiator, Tayyab Aga. negotiators asked Aga what could be done to gain Bergdahl's release. The discussion did not get into specifics but Aga discussed the release of Afghan prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Field.

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Published reports about the clandestine meetings ended the talks abruptly, and sent Aga into hiding. officials said. and the Taliban one that would allow the larger reconciliation of the Taliban into Afghanistan political life to move forward. The United States has not committed to any such deal, but the Taliban wants security assurances from Washington.

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He said all the key players the United States, Afghan government, Afghan National Security Council and the High Peace Council are holding separate and secret talks with their own contacts within the insurgency.

Karzai met with representatives of wanted rebel leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is seeking greater involvement at the peace table and direct talks with the United States, said diplomats in the region.

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Karzai has launched a separate peace outreach, with the High Peace Council representing numerous political factions.

The United States has had no direct contact with him for months. official acknowledged that the talks imploded because of the leak and that Aga, while alive, had disappeared. will continue to pursue talks, the official said. official said. The sessions were held in Germany and Qatar, the official said.

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