KABUL (AFP) - The US ambassador in Kabul said Thursday that Washington backed the Afghan government's efforts to reconcile with Taliban and other rebels without power-sharing or ceding control of certain areas. There is mounting debate in Afghan political circles and media about peace talks with militants, notably former prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the radical Hezb-i-Islami faction. The United States supported Kabul's peace talks with rebels who were not guilty of the 'most serious crimes' and willing to accept the government and rule of law, ambassador William Wood told reporters. However, he added: "We don't believe and I don't think the government itself has any interest in allowing anybody to shoot his way into preferred status, either (for) a share of power or control (of) a locality or anything like that." He would not comment on reports that Hekmatyar, who has a multi-million-dollar US bounty on his head, was already in talks with government and opposition officials. "But with the exception of Al-Qaeda and those closely associated with Al-Qaeda, we think this is completely an issue for Afghanistan," he said. The ambassador said there were 'signs' of fracturing within the Taliban, including rapid changes in their chain of command and distancing between factions. "I think that there are large segments of the Taliban who are genuinely unhappy with the turn toward terrorism of the larger organisation," he said. "I am not saying the Taliban is on the brink of fragmenting. I am just saying that we are seeing fissures, fracture lines and questionings." The Taliban took control of government in 1996, ending a brutal civil war in which Hekmatyar was centrally involved serving briefly as prime minister in 1992. The conflict killed about 80,000 people in Kabul alone. He is believed to be in eastern Afghanistan or Pakistan while leading his faction in attacks against foreign and government targets conducted separately to those of Taliban insurgents.