Oct. 7, 2001: President George W. Bush poses for a photo in the Treaty Room of the White House after announcing airstrikes on on Afghanistan.

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In this archive photo from October 21, 2001, Jalaluddin Haqqani smiles as he leaves after a meeting with Jama"at-i-Islami leaders in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Gates: Taliban Engaged In Talks By Year's End

"Peace is made between people who have been killing each other," the defense secretary says, and the Taliban is part of Afghanistan's political fabric.

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