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Top US commander sees peace options in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan – The top American commander in Afghanistan is talking up prospects for peace talks with the Taliban.

Gen. John Nicholson, stated in an interview that after 16 years of the war, the fighters are tired and see a small chance at making new gains on the battlefield.

Nicholson said Wednesday at Bagram air base north of Kabul, shortly after consultation with the Minister of Defense of Jim Mattis.

The general said that as the peace talks begin between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the effort is likely to take years before bearing fruit.

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