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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #140 - Sep 16th, 2019 at 2:06pm
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Two Afghan Taliban shadow governors killed as air strikes step up

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces, backed by U.S. air strikes, killed two of the movement’s shadow provincial governors on Sunday, as fighting stepped up in the wake of the collapse of talks aimed at ending the conflict, officials said.

The operations, launched on Saturday night, were aimed at foiling attacks planned by the Taliban on Afghan forces, said a senior security official in the capital Kabul, adding that clashes have escalated following the collapse of diplomatic talks between the United States and the Taliban...

The U.S. forces, which provide all-important air support to Afghan troops, have entered into an intense offensive mode after the collapse of talks, said a senior security official.

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #141 - Sep 18th, 2019 at 1:53pm
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Taliban delegation visits Iran to 'discuss latest developments'

Iran hosted four members of a Taliban delegation for discussions, its foreign minister said, a week after peace talks between the United States and the armed group collapsed...

"In the framework of Iran's comprehensive consultations with all parties in Afghanistan, a Taliban political delegation visited our country recently to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying by local media on Tuesday.

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, confirmed the meeting took place on September 9.

The talks included updates on the "recent developments in the peace process, the progress and security of Iran's economic project in the country and on the ways of a sustainable peace", Shaheen said on Twitter...

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Afghanistan war: Taliban tell Trump their 'doors are open'

Chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai insisted negotiation remained "the only way for peace in Afghanistan" during an exclusive interview.

Mr Stanikzai's words came a week after Mr Trump declared the talks "dead"...

Late on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement condemning recent Taliban attacks, saying the group "must begin to demonstrate a genuine commitment to peace".

Mr Stanikzai dismissed American concerns, telling the BBC the Taliban had done nothing wrong...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #142 - Sep 27th, 2019 at 12:35pm
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The Real Costs of the War in Afghanistan

Now in its nineteenth year, the Afghanistan war just won’t end. Negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban are now dead, according to President Donald Trump. The president, who once clamored for an end to the war, has instead overseen an increase in bombing. Last week, citing rampant corruption in the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled $100 million in aid intended to fund infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, a reminder that the Afghan government stood up by U.S. forces in 2002 still struggles to provide security and stability. The U.S. is staring at the prospect of an even longer presence in Afghanistan—so long that nine former senior U.S. senior envoys to Afghanistan made a case earlier this month that the war actually isn’t that costly and that a significant long-term American troop presence, perhaps even for decades, is feasible...

There are many ways to measure the costs of something as complicated as war. The ambassadors’ cherry-picking method—to focus solely on deaths of service members and line-item budget costs—is to ignore the considerable indirect costs of war, costs that can’t be wished away. The modern American way of war, with an all-volunteer force and financing raised via debt instead of taxes, has obscured many of the traditionally visible costs of waging war that have often led to popular resistance. Before the American populace—especially the portion asked to serve in this multi-generational war—is involuntarily committed to another 20 years, it’s worth asking what a real, honest cost-benefit analysis of the war might look like...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #143 - Oct 9th, 2019 at 10:54am
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US airstrikes in Afghanistan near record high after Trump vows to hit enemy hard

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States dropped more bombs and other munitions in Afghanistan last month than any other month in nearly a decade, Air Force data released Tuesday showed.

The increase in bombing followed the collapse of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban in early September and a vow by President Donald Trump “to hit our enemy harder” than ever before.

Manned American aircraft and drones released 948 munitions in Afghanistan throughout September, according to U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Only two other months have had a higher tally since 2006, when regular figures were first published...

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