The Washington Post reveals that CIA Director William Burns had a confidential conversation with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in the Afghan capital on Monday (August 23rd).
This was the first high-level meeting between the United States and the fundamentalist regime since taking power in Kabul.
Citing unnamed U.S. officials, the paper said CIA Director William Burns met with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in the Afghan capital on Monday as the U.S. government continued its efforts to extradite at Kabul Airport.
What Burns's trip to Afghanistan shows
The decision of the American president to send William Burns to Kabul, who is presented as the most experienced by his diplomats, reflects the seriousness of the crisis that his government is facing with the hasty operation to remove people who are trying to escape from Afghanistan.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, is the new strongman of the Kabul regime.
The report does not comment on the value or accuracy of the information which was allegedly leaked to the public at Kabul Airport. A CIA or White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.