Officers from the Secret Intelligence Service staged discussions, known as "jirgas", with senior insurgents on several occasions over the summer.
An intelligence source said: "The SIS officers were understood to have sought peace directly with the Taliban with them coming across as some sort of armed militia. The British would also provide 'mentoring' for the Taliban."
The disclosure comes only a fortnight after the Prime Minister told the House of Commons: "We will not enter into any negotiations with these people."
un admits to talks with anti-gov't forces in afghanistan
from raw replay: BBC reports that the United Nations has admited to talks with anti-government forces in Afghanistan. The following video is from BBC’s BBC World, broadcast on December 26, 2007.