The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that US officials met with leaders of the Haqqani group earlier this year. The statement said a meeting had been arranged by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, the ISI in an effort to draw the groups into negotiations on peace. According to the newspaper’s reports, the US government has realized it would have to negotiate with the militant network in order to achieve peace in the region. Officials said the talks however did not seem to have made a significant breakthrough. The militant network which is accused of carrying out attacks on US and NATO forces in Kabul has been strongly criticized by Washington.