Surprising impasse slows Afghan peace offer to Taliban

  • Residents walk through the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, March 2, 2018. A large explosion in the eastern part of the Afghan capital on Friday morning killed at least one and wounding others officials said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

WASHINGTON — Despite U.S. support, the Afghan government’s surprising new peace offer to the Taliban is immediately running into a wall. The insurgents show no sign of shifting from their demand that talks for a conflict-ending compromise take place with Washington, not Kabul.