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Peace Talks Begin in Kabul

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Pakistani tribal leaders line up after arriving at the Kabul international airport to attend a gathering of tribal leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Farzana Wahidy/AP Photos hide caption

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Pakistani tribal leaders line up after arriving at the Kabul international airport to attend a gathering of tribal leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Farzana Wahidy/AP Photos

More than 700 tribal edlers gathered on Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, for a much anticipated peace conference, or jirga.

The talks are important. They will focus on what can be done to get rid of the Taliban.

But Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was not in attendance, which could diminish the intended affect of the peace talks. Pakistan is seen as a key player and has been accused by the U.S. of not doing enough to bring down the Taliban.

The idea behind the talks is to get all of the leaders to agree to reject the Taliban and discontinue providing them with a safe haven. The idea is that if the Taliban have nowhere to hide and no one to protect them, they will lose their grip on the region.