Afghan leaders have set up a co-ordinating council to meet with the Taliban and manage the transfer of power, after a softened religious militia offensive engulfed the capital, Kabul.
In a statement posted on social media by former President Hamid Karzai, the body will be led by the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, as well as Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbudin Hekmatyar and himself.
The statement said the move was intended to prevent chaos and reduce human suffering, as well as establish peace and peaceful transfer.
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