(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY KEVIN DONNELLAN

Days after a U.S soldier is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians the Taliban pulled out of planned talks with the U.S. But the two events might not connected because a deal apparently was in the works before the recent shooting.  Al Jazeera has the details.  

"The U.S. offered the group an inducement. Five high value prisoners would be released from Guantanamo Bay to live in Qatar. It seems the Taliban have given up waiting for this to happen.”

But Fox News reports the Taliban’s announcement may not be ideal, but it could be that the Taliban is playing games.

“We’ve talked to Afhgan officials who think it’s more a negotiation ploy rather than a long term suspension, but for right now two major blows to current U.S. strategy here in Afghanistan.”

The Taliban statement came on the same day President Karzai spoke of NATO troops withdrawing from parts of Afghanistan. Here’s CNN.

“Mr. Karzai has asked that the troops pull back from the villages and remote areas and that pull back to some of the larger bases that are in play.”

These statements are arguably just a backdrop to the continuing story of an accused American solider. RT reports.

“Afghan lawmakers are furious the U.S. opted to fly its soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians to Kuwait. The legislators have urged Kabul not to sign a strategic partnership pact with Washington unless the suspect faces justice in Afghanistan."

But Euronews notes the current situation may not be viewed as a problem for everybody.

“The Taliban and Karzai statements are a serious blow to NATO however some western politicians may welcome calls for the withdrawal of foreign combat troops a year early.”

All of this after a recent announcement that the U.S. hopes to withdraw approximately 23,000 soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of summer.
 

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Mar 16, 2012

Taliban Pulls Out of Proposed U.S. Talks

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY KEVIN DONNELLAN

Days after a U.S soldier is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians the Taliban pulled out of planned talks with the U.S. But the two events might not connected because a deal apparently was in the works before the recent shooting.  Al Jazeera has the details.  

"The U.S. offered the group an inducement. Five high value prisoners would be released from Guantanamo Bay to live in Qatar. It seems the Taliban have given up waiting for this to happen.”

But Fox News reports the Taliban’s announcement may not be ideal, but it could be that the Taliban is playing games.

“We’ve talked to Afhgan officials who think it’s more a negotiation ploy rather than a long term suspension, but for right now two major blows to current U.S. strategy here in Afghanistan.”

The Taliban statement came on the same day President Karzai spoke of NATO troops withdrawing from parts of Afghanistan. Here’s CNN.

“Mr. Karzai has asked that the troops pull back from the villages and remote areas and that pull back to some of the larger bases that are in play.”

These statements are arguably just a backdrop to the continuing story of an accused American solider. RT reports.

“Afghan lawmakers are furious the U.S. opted to fly its soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians to Kuwait. The legislators have urged Kabul not to sign a strategic partnership pact with Washington unless the suspect faces justice in Afghanistan."

But Euronews notes the current situation may not be viewed as a problem for everybody.

“The Taliban and Karzai statements are a serious blow to NATO however some western politicians may welcome calls for the withdrawal of foreign combat troops a year early.”

All of this after a recent announcement that the U.S. hopes to withdraw approximately 23,000 soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of summer.
 

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