KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- More than a dozen fugitive Taliban leaders -- including the deposed regime's chief, Mullah Mohammed Omar -- are preparing to come out of hiding and turn themselves in to Afghan and U.S. authorities, according to officials in the southern province of Kandahar.
"Right now we are in contact with more than 15 senior Taliban leaders," said Khalid Pushtoon, an aide to Kandahar Gov. Gul Agha Shirzai. "We are trying to convince them that they will be treated with dignity and honor."
On Friday, the Taliban foreign minister, Wakil Ahmed Mutawakel, turned himself in to Afghan authorities and was escorted to the U.S. military base at the city of Kandahar's airport.
Details and conditions of his surrender remained murky four days later. Pushtoon said that was by design, since he and Shirzai were working to persuade the rest of the Taliban cabinet to follow in Mutawakel's footsteps.
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