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“Sultan Mohammed told me: Come back to your country, your homeland without fear. I guarantee no one will touch you,” 37 year old Mullah Abdul Rauf, a former member of the Talibans economic commission, told AFP.

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While extracting a handful of cross border militants is unlikely to significantly de escalate the conflict, the effort underscores a new push by officials to shift what they see as the uk canada goose outlet insurgencys centre of gravity from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

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Islamabad denies supporting the militants, saying it uses Taliban sanctuaries as a “lever” to pressure the canada goose black friday sale group into talks with canada goose store Kabul.

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But the renegades interviewed by AFP say they are practically living in hiding as they fear revenge attacks.

Some have questioned the strategys usefulness. “There arent one, two, or three hundred Taliban,” said Kabul based researcher Rahmatullah Amiri. “There are thousands and not everyone is in Pakistan. How will this plan make an impact?”

Mohammed said disarming and reintegrating canada goose coats on sale even a few is worth the effort.

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