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KABUL (Reuters) - The new U.S. policy for Afghanistan to be unveiled soon will contain an exit strategy and include greater emphasis on economic development, President Barack Obama said.
With violence rising ahead of elections in August, Obama has already committed an extra 17,000 troops to Afghanistan
Analysts say Washington is going to have to engage in dialogue with Taliban elements,
"This is not going to work out smoothly," said C. Raja Mohan, Professor of South Asia Studies at Singapore's Nanyang Technology University.
"Each step there are going to be complications."
India has been wary of any political accommodation with the Taliban , which were close allies of Pakistan before they were toppled by the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
Pakistan in turn has resented growing Indian influence in Afghanistan which it sees as an attempt by its much larger neighbor to put pressure on it from both east and west.
U.S. air strikes on militants on the Pakistan side of the border have raised tensions with Islamabad , and the deaths of hundreds of Afghan civilians caught up in the conflict have turned ordinary people against foreign forces and the government of President Hamid Karzai .
More than 2,100 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year, 40 percent more than in 2007, the United Nations said. Around a quarter were killed by international forces, it said.