Talks to end the 10-year war in Afghanistan could be on the horizon after the U.S. backed a plan to let the Taliban open political headquarters in the Middle East.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is likely to open a base in Qatar before Christmas, The Times said.
It is hoped this will help facilitate peace talks which could lead to a truce with the Taliban.
Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is understood to be backing the negotiations.
After all, without such offices it's so much more difficult to set up some bombings and such. And the President doesn't like that nasty word 'victory', so a negotiated settlement is just so much more palatable to him.