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An Afghan source in Kabul reports that U.S. Ambassador in Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry is holding secret talks with Taliban elements headed by the movement's foreign minister, Ahmad Mutawakil, at a secret location in Kabul. According to the source, the U.S. has offered the Taliban control of the Kandahar, Helmand, Oruzgan, Kunar and Nuristan provinces in return for a halt to the Taliban missile attacks on U.S. bases.
Taliban's Afghan allies tell Barack Obama: 'Cut us a deal and we'll ditch al-Qaeda' President Barack Obama's review of strategy in Afghanistan means America will end up making a deal with the Taliban, and tolerating warlords, to end the fighting.
Nevertheless, behind the scenes talks with mid-level Taliban officials already have begun, and Pakistani officials think they could rapidly accelerate now that Karzai has begun his second term. "We've already been talking to them [the Taliban]," said a senior Pakistani official in Islamabad, who couldn't be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. "If the US helps the process, some arrangements can be worked out for political reconciliation. I'm not for a moment suggesting that it's an easy task, but otherwise you will be fighting these people for the next hundred years."
Originally posted by PersonalChoice
Well it doesn't surprise me at all, our whole approach to the entire endeavor was either severely flawed or had objectives that were/are only known to the planners and were most likely achieved early on.
We were told it was to take down the Taliban for harboring OBL, capture or kill OBL, and wipe out AQ.
Yet the Taliban is still strong enough to negotiate a cease fire/withdrawal.
Yet OBL was never captured and may still be alive and well.
Yet AQ is not only still around and fighting, but have gained much more support and credibility.
No doubt they will become even stronger if this whole fiasco ends like the OP reports it may.
Noun 1. terrorist - a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Originally posted by Common Good
Whatever happened to that rule..
"We Do Not Negotiate with terrorists"?
Oh yea, I forgot, this is Obama we are talking about.