The US peace envoy for Afghanistan has hailed "significant progress" in six days of talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital, Doha, aimed at finding a solution to end the 17-year-old war in the South Asian country.
According to the Taliban sources, the hardline Islamic group offered assurances that Afghanistan will not be allowed to be used by al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants to attack the United States and its allies - a key early demand of Washington.
The Taliban have been resisting USA pressure for the announcement of ceasefire and direct talks with the Afghan government, a source close to the militant group told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
There was no immediate comment from the USA or the Taliban on the reported progress in their talks.
When will American-led forces be withdrawn from Afghanistan?
The militants say they will only begin talks with the government once a firm date for the withdrawal of US troops has been agreed.
Baradar has also been appointed as the third deputy of the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.
US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad is leading the American side in what observers describe as unprecedented engagement between the two adversaries in the 17-year-old war.
A fresh round of talks between Khalilzad and the Taliban is expected to take place on February 25 in Doha, two senior Taliban sources said.
Khalilzad has said that any peace talks must include the Afghan government and a comprehensive cease-fire.
However there was no immediate comment from the U.S. embassy or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Kabul.
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"Meetings here were more productive than they have been in the past".
Despite the presence of US-led foreign forces training, advising and assisting their Afghan counterparts 17 years after the United States led an invasion to drive them from power, the Taleban controls almost half of Afghanistan. "The number of worldwide casualties is less than 72", he said.
Amid the peace talks with Afghan Taliban, the US has shown interest in a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump.
But the Taliban have said they want to deal with a broader range of Afghan leaders, and they have not accepted the legitimacy of the democratic constitution.
Washington wants the insurgents to enter talks with the Afghan government, but they have long refused, denouncing Kabul as a U.S. puppet.
"Right now, the Taliban, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the U.S. and nearly every regional stakeholder are on the same page", Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a DW interview, adding that his country was trying to facilitate the dialogue.
The Taliban in the past have refused to deal with the internationally recognized government of President Ashraf Ghani.
The major sticking point remains the Taliban's flat refusal to speak with the Afghan government, whom the insurgents brand as "puppets" of the West.
What does it mean for future peace?
Ghani said last week that 45,000 members of the country's security forces had been killed since he took office in 2014.
In return, the Taliban agreed they would not allow Afghanistan to be used by al-Qaeda and ISIS or any other militant organisation against United States and its allies in future.