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Karzai aide blames British for Taliban impostor

President Hamid Karzai's chief of staff has said British authorities brought a fake Taliban commander into sensitive meetings with the Afghan government.

The British embassy refused to confirm or deny the remarks, made in an interview with the Washington Post.

A man described as Mullah Mansour, a senior Taliban commander, was flown to Kabul for a meeting with President Karzai.

Now it is claimed he was really a Pakistani shopkeeper.

British government sources say the man was introduced to its agents by the Afghan security service and that the UK was merely helping to facilitate Afghan-to-Afghan negotiations.

Frank Gardner reports.

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