Sunday, July 29, 2012

Taliban admit they can not win in Afghanistan and must talk with outside forces

KABUL, Afghanistan - Dozens of men and women took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday to protest the recent public slaying of an Afghan woman accused of adultery whose gruesome, execution-style killing was captured on video. The footage, which surfaced recently, shows the woman being shot multiple times about 10 days ago in Parwan province, north of the Afghan capital. The gunman was encouraged by people who stood nearby, smiling and cheering.

The people know the horror they are to exist under forever if they do not stand up and eliminate them.

 Dozens of Afghan civilians die in bloody day: More Taliban success!

Taliban: 'We cannot win war in Afghanistan' A senior Taliban commander has said insurgency will not win the war in Afghanistan, conceding that the only way forward for the group is to settle with other political forces in the country.

The leadership knows the truth – that they cannot prevail over the power they confront," he said. "It would take some kind of divine intervention for the Taliban to win this war," “At least 70 per cent of the Taliban are angry at al-Qaeda. Our people consider AL-Qaeda to be a plague that was sent down to us by the heavens,”

US, Pakistan, Afghanistan Call on Taliban to Join Reconciliation

Bombs, clashes in Afghanistan kill 35 including seven NATO soldiers: A surge in Afghan and coalition forces during the past two years routed Taliban fighters from many of their strongholds in the south, but the insurgents stepped up their attacks this summer to take back key areas. The civilians, including women and children, were killed in a trio of blasts in Arghistan district, along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.
KABUL -- At least 35 people, including seven NATO soldiers, were killed in a string of roadside bombs and clashes on Sunday, one of the most violent days in the country for months. A bomb killed six NATO troops in the east, the coalition said without elaborating, after an insurgent attack in the south killed one foreign soldier.Twenty-eight Afghan civilians and police were killed in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, officials said.On the same day, major donors in Tokyo pledged $16 billion in development aid for Afghanistan over the next four years as they try to prevent it from sliding back into chaos once most foreign troops have left by the end of 2014

US, Pakistan, Afghanistan Call on Taliban to Join Reconciliation: Foreign ministers from the United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan met Sunday on the sidelines of an Afghan donor conference in Japan to discuss cross-border cooperation and security. They called on Taliban fighters to join Afghan reconciliation efforts.

In a joint statement following their talks, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said al-Qaida's core leadership in the region has been decimated, reducing the threat to peace and security that led the international community to intervene in Afghanistan in 2001.

Remember just recently when angry Afghan's chopped off the ears of a Taliban who was trying to set a roadside bomb? Believe it or not despite all the recent setbacks to the contrary, now that Burhanuddin has taken over the talks with the Taliban and the people have finally started to stand up against them I feel very good about the future for the Afghan people Democracy or not.

Get the talks going full bore. I want us to get the hell out of Afghanistan like we should. If we are lucky enough to have that happen and I have my doubts, the people have a choice. They will still have their tribes but otherwise they have the choice of Mullah Omar who will kill them if they do not live the way he says or the corrupt drug dealer Hamid Karzai.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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