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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:56 pm 
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US sees Taliban as reconciliation partners: Pentagon

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13.03.20-Pentagon

Does this mean we will not be allowed to return fire against our new friends?

US is no longer conducting counter-terrorism operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan because it views the group as an important partner in its efforts for restoring peace in the war-ravaged country, US Department of Defence said.

“What we’re not doing (is) counter-terrorism operations against the Taliban,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis told a Wednesday evening news briefing in Washington.

“We actually view the Taliban as being an important partner in a peaceful Afghan-led reconciliation process. We are not actively targeting the Taliban,” he added.

‘No institutional presence of IS in Pak-Afghan region’

The briefing, however, focused on US efforts to defeat the Middle East-based terrorist group IS (the self-styled Islamic State) which also has some presence in the Pak-Afghan region.

Capt Davis said that some “lone wolves” in Pakistan and Afghanistan were using the IS brand to raise their stature but the group did not have an institutional presence in the region.

He said the IS had a “pretty good” command and control system in Iraq and Syria but those claiming to represent the group in Afghanistan and Pakistan did not have the command and control relationship with the main IS.

The Pentagon official said the United States was working “very extensively” with the Pakistani government in the fight against terrorists.

Capt Davis explained that while the Coalition Support Fund was aimed to enhance Pakistan’s ability to fight the Haqqani Network, it also helped develop other broader spectrum counter-terrorism capabilities.

In Afghanistan, the US ended its combat operations last year and its role there now was simply to advise and assist the Afghan forces, he said.

Capt Davis said the US also had “unilateral role” of being able to conduct counter-terrorism missions in Afghanistan primarily against Al Qaeda and its remnants.

“But IS would be fair game as well,” he added.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/11 ... -pentagon/

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Belated realisation that the only way to keep IS & Co out of that 'Stan is to invoke the local fierce tribal loyalties which, there at least, trump IS' siren call...

Okay, lads, play nice, curb-stomp those IS infiltrators and we'll lend a few drones, some fire calls.

But, pretty please, don't target your rival's trophy hospital ??

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our foreign policy is officially insane

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Maybe it is sane? Respect the Talibans, work with them.

If you want to exterminate them and turn Afghanistan into a peaceful country you need a ten trillion dollar all out occupation, seizure of all borders, policing of all cities, acceptance inside the US of monthly dead and wounded for many years. Also forget every other project the US has world wide as all attention is focused on Afghanistan. That's not gonna happen.

Work with the Talibans, trade with them, promote stability and maybe something good will come out in a century or so. The past decade wasn't very productive for anyone.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:23 pm 
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CosmicalStorm wrote:
Maybe it is sane? Respect the Talibans, work with them.

If you want to exterminate them and turn Afghanistan into a peaceful country you need a ten trillion dollar all out occupation, seizure of all borders, policing of all cities, acceptance inside the US of monthly dead and wounded for many years. Also forget every other project the US has world wide as all attention is focused on Afghanistan. That's not gonna happen.

Work with the Talibans, trade with them, promote stability and maybe something good will come out in a century or so. The past decade wasn't very productive for anyone.

What would be the point?
Taliban are one of reasons why Afghanistan cannot have a stable, reasonably strong government, and is a mess in general.
Not to mention the ideological issues - those would be worse than is US started supporting an iron fisted secular strongman. and this one could actually make the place organized.


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