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Oct31

US changes tack towards Taliban

ISLAMABAD – United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s October 27 briefing to a congressional committee on foreign affairs, saying that any Afghan-led peace process would have to include the Quetta shura Taliban and its leader, Mullah Omar, clearly shows that the US approach has evolved further after her recent high-profile visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan where she discussed strategy with the top political and military leaders of the two countries. Testifying at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Clinton did not dismiss the prospect when asked by Republican Representative Steve Chabot, whether reconciliation talks with the Taliban and other insurgents...

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Oct14

Success against Taliban ‘may be exaggerated’

The success of one of Nato‘s principal tactics against the Taliban – targeted night raids aimed at killing or capturing leaders of the insurgency – may have been exaggerated to make the military campaign in Afghanistan look more effective, according to a report published on Wednesday. The study shows that for every “leader” killed in the raids, eight other people also died, although the raids were designed to be a precise weapon aimed at decapitating the Taliban on the battlefield by removing their commanders. The report notes that in briefings to the US media, aggregate claims made for the number of Taliban leaders killed or detained over a given period were sometimes...

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Oct07

Decade on, Afghans mull Taliban return

KABUL – Ten years after the United States invaded their country to topple the ruling Taliban, the group’s return to power is becoming a fact of life for many Afghans. “When the US leave, in one week, the Taliban will return,” Khalid Ahmad, who sells women’s clothes, told Reuters on Thursday, October 6. “I believe 100 percent they will take back power, whether the Afghan people want them or not.” The Taliban was ousted from power by the US troops, which invaded the country following the 9/11 attacks. Since then, the group has launched guerilla warfare against the US-led foreign troops. More than 11,000 civilians are believed to have died in the war, and...

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