Afghanistan: anti-Taliban leader hopes for peaceful negotiation – but says forces are ready to fight

Ahmad Massoud, leader of Afghanistan’s last major outpost of anti-Taliban resistance, said on Sunday he hoped to hold peaceful talks with the Islamist movement that seized power in Kabul a week ago but that his forces were ready to fight.“We want to make the Taliban realise that the only way forward is through negotiation,” he told Reuters by telephone from his stronghold in the mountainous Panjsher valley northwest of Kabul, where he has gathered remnants of regular army units and special…