Should the US Negotiate with Al-Qaeda?

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Trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan are parked at the Pakistan's border crossing after authorities suspended NATO supplies.
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Over the weekend, it was revealed that the U.S. has been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. But over the border, in Pakistan, the U.S. stated yesterday that they’ve ruled out negotiating with Al-Qaeda.

Last summer, Al-Qaeda leaders kidnapped American aid worker Warren Weinstein. And Sunday, a video was released of Weinstein saying that he will be killed unless President Obama frees Al-Qaeda prisoners from around the world.

Explaining this situation is Fotini Christia, an assistant professor in political science at MIT.