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Sat Jan 26, 2019, 01:33 PM

US envoy claims 'significant progress' in talks with Taliban

Source: AP

U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said Saturday that “significant progress” was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country’s destructive 17-year war.

Khalilzad said on his official Twitter account that he wants to build on six days of meetings in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

“Meetings here were more productive than they have been in the past,” he said without providing details. “We made significant progress on vital issues.”

The Taliban said this week its representatives met Monday with U.S. representatives in Qatar to discuss “ending the invasion of Afghanistan.”

Read more: https://www.apnews.com/eb62084a14fd4401a2c6f792f2603058

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Reply US envoy claims 'significant progress' in talks with Taliban (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Jan 2019 OP
gordianot Jan 2019 #1
Igel Jan 2019 #2
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2019 #3
SunSeeker Jan 2019 #4
elmac Jan 2019 #5
Apollyonus Jan 2019 #6
Cold War Spook Jan 2019 #7

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 01:45 PM

1. All you have to do is funnel money to a Trump buisness.

A deal is easy, want launder money make a deal.

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Sat Jan 26, 2019, 01:51 PM

2. It'll be like Vietnam.

Declare victory and go home.

It'll fall apart, at least partially because the US will renege.

In the end, it won't be the US's fault but the faction of the US that's 'not us', whoever 'us' is doing the speaking. There'll be a disaster.

And the peace and abnegation of commitments will be swamped by the claim that the US 'lost the war'. There may even be a nice evacuation of the embassy that most will somehow think is the emergency retreat of the US military.

The one difference is that there aren't many in the US who support the Taliban. I've dealt with some, and as before some de-facto Taliban supporters are as much anti-US/Western as pro-whatever. They just don't call themselves "Taliban supporters", but apart from that phrase there's not much difference between the two sides in what actions they call for.

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Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:52 PM

3. After a week in which "Taliban militants kill dozens at Afghan intelligence base"

Dozens of Afghan security staff were killed by Taliban militants who overran a military intelligence base near Kabul, officials have confirmed.

At least 43 people were killed and 54 injured in Monday's attack, the NDS intelligence service told the BBC.

Insurgents blew their way into the base using a car bomb before opening fire. Some reports put the toll at over 100.

It is one of the deadliest attacks on the secret service and follows a string of battlefield setbacks for the army.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46957955

That is, apparently, "significant progress".

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:53 PM

4. Well sure. Trump is doing everything the Taliban wants. nt

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:58 PM

5. We've heard this story over and over

 

I just hope they get it right some day, don't expect it will be under tRumps watch.

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Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:54 PM

6. Taliban is just a front for Pakistani ISI

 

They recruit, train, arm and fund the Taliban in order to control Afghanistan.

Squeeze Pakistan hard enough and the Taliban problem would be solved. Unfortunately, a lot of State Dept. mandarins have a soft corner for Pakistan.

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Sat Jan 26, 2019, 05:13 PM

7. If the US can not win a war in 17 years,

 

it is time to leave. US in Vietnam, the Soviets in Afghanistan, the US in Afghanistan.

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