>> A car bombing and gun battle with Taliban militants at an Afghanistan military compound has killed over a hundred of that country's security forces, according to a senior defense official. And it happened just hours before the Taliban announced that they'd met with a top American diplomat as part of ongoing peace talks.
The official told Reuters that the attackers rammed the car bomb through a checkpoint and that two Taliban were killed in the following shootout. Meanwhile, the meeting between the Taliban and U.S. special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, seen here is said to have taken place over a thousand miles away in Qatar.
Last week, the Taliban threatened to pull out of negotiations because they refused for Afghanistan officials to participate, preferring instead to negotiate with the United States directly. There has been a marked increase in diplomatic efforts with the Taliban to stop the conflict in recent months. But the fighting has never stopped.