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CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader in Kabul | CBS News |  

CIA Director William Burns met with the Taliban's de facto leader in Kabul on Monday, a source familiar with the situation said, in what marks the group's highest-level encounter with the Biden administration since the fall of the Afghan capital.

News of the meeting between Burns and the Taliban leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, comes one week before the August 31 deadline for the U.S. military to complete its evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies from Kabul.

A Taliban spokesperson told CBS News that extending operations beyond August 31 would be a "violation" of the U.S. commitment to withdraw. "The response depends on the decision of our leadership," the spokesperson said.

[Mullah] Baradar, a longtime Taliban official [co-founder of Taliban with Mullah Omar], was arrested by the CIA in a joint operation with Pakistan's intelligence service in 2010 in Karachi.

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