ISTANBUL. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday Western allies backed his plans to reconcile with Taliban fighters and U.S. generals said leaders of the insurgency eventually could be brought into talks.

 

Gen. David Petraeus, the head of the U.S. Central Command, said the fighting would get harder before the situation improved, as the United States sends an extra 30,000 troops to break a stalemate in Afghanistan.

 

But both he and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, held out the possibility of eventual talks with the Taliban leadership to end a war which is now into its ninth year.

 

While Karzai was working on a formal reintegration program for Taliban fighters talks could eventually be held with their leaders, Petraeus said.