Nightly News   |  June 22, 2013

Kerry pushing for Taliban peace talks

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. wants to see proposed peace talks with the Taliban “get back on track” after being thrown into doubt this week amid a diplomatic dispute with the Afghan government. NBC’s Duncan Golestani reports.

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>>> the delicate diplomatic dance to bring the taliban to the peace table with the u.s. and afghanistan 's government is still under way tonight despite some rough going earlier this week. in trying to broker the terms of future talks, secretary of state john kerry has issued a firm warning to the taliban . nbc's duncan golistani is in kabul.

>> reporter: secretary of state kerry arrived in the gulf for the clear warning for the taliban , start afghan peace talks soon.

>> if there is not a decision to move forward by the taliban in short order, then we may have to kid whether or not the office has to be closed.

>> reporter: that is the taliban first overseas office opened in qatar to begin negotiations after 12 years of war. taliban flags and signs stopped talks before they could begin.

>> when they opened the office it wasn't office for taliban , it was a similar to a government an exile. government of taliban .

>> reporter: the taliban want foreign troops out of afghanistan and a prisoner exchange . the u.s. army sergeant a prisoner of the taliban since 2009 in return for five detainees at guantanamo bay . while peace talks struggle to start here in afghanistan , insurgent attacks continue. this year there has been a big rise in the number of civilian casualties undermining confidence there can ever really be peace with the taliban . the family still struggling after he was killed by a suicide bomber. i don't think it is a good idea of the taliban talks they have made a lot of widows and orphans . this family like so many others fear the taliban is once again seeking power in afghanistan and the country's few precious gains will be