Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Troop surge 'supports peace deal'

By Gareth Porter
Asia Times

"For the first time, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan has indicated that the United States will support moves towards a political settlement between the government of President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban. The counter-insurgency strategy is aimed at providing the time and space for this to happen.....

The admission that negotiations with the Taliban leadership for a settlement would be at the expense of al-Qaeda influence in the country follows Taliban statements in recent months suggesting a new willingness to meet the central US demand that the Taliban separate itself from al-Qaeda......"

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