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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #90 - May 31st, 2019 at 12:05pm
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Demos wrote on May 31st, 2019 at 11:55am:
It's something I started studying after 9/11; trying to understand the history, sociology, etc. Had some thoughts of going into the Foreign Service (took a lot of classes towards that end), but got sucked into political campaigns instead. But it's also something that intersects with Texas politics/government (oil, Israel, etc.). I've been getting back into studying it recently. Right now my reading list is focused on Arabia and Israel (more history than 'current events' though).



Thanks. I sensed that you were well-versed on the subject.  Smiley
  

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #91 - May 31st, 2019 at 12:06pm
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Maybe well-informed than well-versed.  Tongue
  
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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #92 - Jun 5th, 2019 at 4:48pm
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TALKING TO THE TALIBAN WITH THE WRONG ASSUMPTIONS: THE CONUNDRUM OF AFGHAN PEACE

After 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan, the United States is diving into a peace process based on false assumptions about its primary adversary, the Afghan Taliban. Namely, U.S. policymakers are assuming that the Taliban fight simply for political power, rather than for a rigid ideology, and that they operate through unified command and control. Based on these premises, America seeks to negotiate a power-sharing settlement with the group’s leadership to bring an end to the violence. But these dangerously flawed assumptions about the adversary could set Afghanistan on a course toward an even deadlier conflict...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #93 - Jun 10th, 2019 at 11:17am
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US envoy launches new push on Afghan talks with Taliban

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Renewed efforts are underway to jumpstart stalled peace talks with the Taliban as a U.S. envoy is in Kabul and Pakistani and Afghan officials are meeting in Islamabad.

U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says he's holding meetings with Kabul officials on Monday, seeking to bring about a new round of Afghan-to-Afghan talks, which he describes as essential to resolving the country's nearly 18-year war...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #94 - Jun 18th, 2019 at 3:21pm
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Russia, China Vie for Influence in Central Asia as U.S. Plans Afghan Exit

As the U.S. seeks an exit from the Afghan war, Central Asia is on the cusp of a new era, with Russia and China vying for influence in a region that will no longer be dominated by America’s post-9/11 undertaking to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

The two countries are wary of Islamist militancy, both on their soil and spilling over from Afghanistan, while China wants to safeguard the billions of dollars its companies have invested in the region under President Xi Jinping’s Belt-and-Road Initiative, according to regional experts.

In recent years, Moscow and Beijing have taken more aggressive steps to protect their interests in the face of what they view as the weakening political grip of the American-allied government in Kabul, the expanding sway of the Taliban across Afghanistan, and the threat posed by Islamic State and other Islamist militant groups that have transnational agendas...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #95 - Jun 25th, 2019 at 3:26pm
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U.S. Secretary Of State Makes Unannounced Visit To Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hopes for a peace deal with the Taliban "before September 1,” as he spoke to reporters in Kabul during an unannounced visit to the Afghan capital on June 25.

Pompeo met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other high-level Afghan officials as well as General Scott Miller, who leads NATO's Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

Pompeo said peace was Washington’s “highest priority” in Afghanistan...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #96 - Jul 8th, 2019 at 1:29pm
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Afghan foes meet in bid to secure peace

Dozens of powerful Afghans including bitter rivals met the Taliban in Doha on Sunday, discussing a possible ceasefire and the future of women and minorities after 18 years of conflict...

The so-called intra-Afghan meeting follows six days of direct US-Taliban talks that have been put on hold for the two day Afghan conference and are set to resume Tuesday, according to both sides...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the Afghan gathering "has been a long time coming" and praised the country's "government, civil society, women, and Taliban" for coming together...

An [U.S.] agreement with the Taliban is expected to have two main pillars -- a US withdrawal from Afghanistan and a commitment by the militants not to offer sanctuary to jihadists. The Taliban's relationship with Al-Qaeda was the main reason for the US invasion nearly 18 years ago.

But the thorny issues of power-sharing with the Taliban, the role of regional powers including Pakistan and India, and the fate of Ghani's administration remain unresolved...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #97 - Jul 16th, 2019 at 12:45pm
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Taliban overruns district in eastern Afghanistan

The Taliban overran a district in the troubled eastern Afghan province of Paktika on July 13. Afghan officials confirmed the Taliban took the district after security forces retreated...

Security in Paktika has deteriorated significantly since the US military turned over control to the Afghan military in 2014. Of Paktika’s 20 districts, seven are controlled by the Taliban, nine are heavily contested, and the remaining four are under government control, according to an ongoing assessment of the security situation in Afghanistan’s districts by FDD’s Long War Journal.

Paktika is in the sphere of influence of the Haqqani Network, the influential Taliban subgroup that is closely allied with al Qaeda as well as Pakistan’s military and Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate. The Haqqani Network is an integral part of the Taliban. Its leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is one of two deputy emirs of the Taliban, and is also the group’s military leader.

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #98 - Jul 22nd, 2019 at 2:08pm
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Taliban Talks Key Topic as Trump Meets Pakistani Leader

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is meeting with Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, about ending America's longest war, the conflict in Afghanistan.

Trump and Khan are both unpredictable and have had a rocky relationship. Monday's visit is meant to smooth tensions and deal with complex problems facing both nations.

The Trump administration wants Pakistan to use its leverage and influence with the Taliban to get a cease fire in neighboring Afghanistan, advance the peace process and create stability so he can end or substantially reduce America's involvement in the war.

Pakistan, which is suffering economically, wants to reset relations and broaden the relationship in hopes of securing more investment, trade and possibly a restoration of the U.S. aid Trump cut.

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Good luck with that. They've been a major contributor to Afghanistan's problems for decades.

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Trump says US working with Pakistan to find way out of Afghan war

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump, speaking at a White House meeting with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, said on Monday (July 22) the United States is working with Islamabad to find a way out of the war in Afghanistan...

Khan told Trump there was only one solution for Afghanistan and that a peace deal with the Taleban was closer than it had ever been.

He said he hoped in the coming days to be able to urge the Taleban to continue the talks...

Washington wants Islamabad to pressure Afghanistan's Taleban into a permanent ceasefire and participation in talks with the Afghan government...

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Re: Pompeo, Afghanistan, and the Peace Process
Reply #99 - Jul 22nd, 2019 at 4:43pm
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Trump, being Trump, could easily declare victory and end the occupation without the collective heads of the GOP exploding. It'd be impossible under a Dem (cut 'n run!!!) or traditional Republican but the Trumpster?

He could do it, will he though?
  

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