Monday, October 13, 2008

Pressure builds for Taliban talks

According to a Time Magazine article, Afghan President Hamid Karzai along with US and British officials agree that victory against the Taliban is not possible. The realization increases the likelihood of negotiations with the insurgent group.

The assessment comes as heavy fighting is reported in both Afghanistan and Pakistan involving Taliban and al-Qaeda forces.

 Some seven years after the US moved against Afghanistan, violence is up as are concerns it could become 21st Century VietnamPlay
Vietnam echoes in Afghanistan
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Oct 09 3:15 PM

 U.S. General David Petraeus said negotiations with some members of the Taliban could provide a way to reduce violence in AfghanistanPlay
Petraeus: Open to Taliban talks
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Oct 08 3:57 PM

United Press International

Momentum builds for Taliban negotiations
United Press International - 2 hours ago
KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US and British officials have concluded there can be no military victory over Taliban insurgents, Time Magazine says.
As Afghanistan Slides, Chance of a Taliban Deal Increases TIME
Afghanistan: A country locked in a spiral of doom Times Online

Boston Globe

Fierce battles in Pakistan, Afghanistan
Radio Australia, Australia - 16 hours ago
There has been intense fighting with Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghan and British forces say 100 militants were ...
Pakistanis flee as war on Taliban flares up Radio Netherlands
Clashes in Pakistani tribal region kill 24 The Associated Press
Attack by Pakistani Army on the borders of Afghanistan Avionews