July 29, 2012 |
On a May visit to Kabul, President Obama said "a negotiated peace" was a key part of his plan to end the Afghan war. This wasn't surprising. U.S. military commanders have long stressed that the war with the Taliban can't be won militarily. Yet, by the time Obama spoke, a yearlong effort by U.S. officials to engage key Taliban leaders had already faltered. Interlocutors for Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar - who were set to open a first-time, political office in the Gulf state of Qatar - suspended the process in March.
November 11, 2009 |
The big story here, underreported so far, is the emergence of coordinated American and Afghan efforts to bring Taliban leaders and fighters in from the cold. When Afghan President Hamid Karzai is inaugurated again next week, he will call for peace and reconciliation with Afghan insurgents. Popular pressure for such efforts is strong, as I have heard in many conversations with Afghan elders and local officials. Past efforts at reconciliation have been a dismal failure. But a broad consensus has emerged that the Afghan insurgency can't be quelled by military means alone.
February 13, 2002 |
Following the surrender last week of the Taliban's former foreign minister, more than 15 top Taliban officials have begun negotiating with representatives of the new Afghan government to give themselves up, Afghan and U.S. officials said yesterday. Their eventual surrender could provide U.S. forces in Afghanistan with access to the upper echelons of the ousted regime that harbored Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network. "Right now we are in contact with more than 15 top Taliban," Khalid Pashtoon, a senior aide to Kandahar Governor Gul Agha Sherzai, told reporters.
January 1, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan released eight members of the Afghan Taliban from prison on Monday, including the former justice minister under the Taliban, in a bid to boost the peace process in neighboring Afghanistan, the government said. Pakistan is seen as a linchpin in efforts to bring about peace in Afghanistan as foreign troops plan to depart the country in 2014. Kabul has been pressing its neighbor to release more prisoners who they hope would bring the Taliban to the negotiating table before the U.S. troops go home.
October 15, 2010
Eight NATO service members were killed Thursday in a spate of attacks in Afghanistan, including four in roadside bombings, bringing the alliance's troop losses over the last two days to 14, officials said. It has been the deadliest year for international forces in the nine-year Afghan conflict. Troop numbers have been ramped up to turn the screws on insurgents, and casualties have mounted. A homemade bomb in western Afghanistan killed three service members Thursday, an alliance statement said without giving the nationalities of the dead or the specific location of the attack.
June 3, 2010 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Standing before power brokers and tribal elite Wednesday morning, Afghan President Hamid Karzai was about 10 minutes into a nationally televised appeal for reconciliation with the Taliban when the insurgents responded with a rocket that slammed into a nearby hillside. "Don't worry," Karzai coolly told the gathering before the attack escalated. "We've heard these kinds of things before. " Assailants with suicide vests, rockets, and machine guns then tried unsuccessfully to breach defenses set up for the cavernous meeting tent at Kabul's Polytechnic University campus, where a national peace "jirga," or assembly, was called by Karzai.
October 13, 2001 |
American warplanes resumed attacks in Afghanistan today with eight powerful explosions heard in the capital of Kabul. After calling a brief halt to attacks in deference to the Muslim day of prayer yesterday, warplanes resumed attacks early today. At least one bomb dropped on the already heavily damaged airport, witnesses said. "I saw a fireball, debris flying up into the sky and the initial big fire, then dimming," one witness said. The Taliban government, which has given refuge to Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind of the Sept.
December 12, 2001 |
A few weeks ago, the Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly branded Geraldo Rivera a liberal sympathizer. Monday, O'Reilly gave Rivera a passing grade for his coverage from Afghanistan. "I think he's doing all right," O'Reilly said. Rivera recently gave up his prime-time CNBC talk show - and a couple of million dollars - to go cover the war in Afghanistan for the Fox News Channel. For Rivera, a controversial personality, that meant joining a network that appeals to conservative-leaning viewers.
May 15, 2011 |
Will the killing of Osama bin Laden really be "a game-changer" in the Afghan war? Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it may be. And this is the big question I'll be exploring on a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, starting this weekend. Will bin Laden's demise speed the U.S. troop exit? My gut tells me it will make a difference, but not as big as Congress and a war-weary public would like. The state of play in Afghanistan was already shifting before the Navy SEALs found bin Laden.
November 23, 2001 |
With U.S. warplanes circling overhead, Northern Alliance forces shelled Taliban positions and exchanged machine-gun fire yesterday in a determined effort to flush the fundamentalist fighters from their northern Afghanistan enclave of Kunduz. Hundreds of Taliban troops who had been cornered in or around the besieged city defected shortly after the shelling began. Northern Alliance commanders, meanwhile, issued conflicting reports about the status of surrender negotiations. The mixed messages from commanders and tensions among alliance troops in the battlefield illustrated ever-widening divisions within the anti-Taliban forces, which consist of loosely allied but competing groups.