The Afghan government believes the Taliban cannot be defeated militarily, and the Taliban believe that they can't win a war against the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, the Saudi source said.Evidently Iran's growing influence doesn't just bother NATO. The fact the Taliban feels they cannot defeat us militarily (and have probably heard Obama say we need more troops there) could explain why they felt the time was right to sue for peace. Wonder what role the US was playing in this? Any?
The involvement of the Saudis is also seen as an expression of fear that Iran could take advantage of U.S. failings in Afghanistan, as it is seen to be doing in Iraq.
Several Afghan sources familiar with Iranian activities in Afghanistan have said Iranian officials and diplomats who are investing in business and building education facilities are lobbying politicians in Kabul.
It's worth noting that the Afghanis, Talibani, and Saudi Arabians are all Sunni Muslims, as are the Pakistanis and al Qaeda. Recently AQ launched a verbal attack on Pakistan via an American traitor.
Here's more insight from Cap'n Ed, and here's something ironic from the Jawas.