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Afghan Elders Make Truce With Taliban

From a starry-eyed Agence France-Pressee:

Tribal elders in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province. Afghan ...

Tribal elders in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province.

Afghan elders in key pre-vote truce with Taliban

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan elders have for the first time struck a local ceasefire deal with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan to smooth preparations for elections next month, the president’s office said on Monday.

The pre-vote deal, reached in northwestern Badghis province at the weekend, is a first for Afghanistan, where insurgent attacks have soared and thousands more US troops have poured in to secure the landmark August 20 polls.

"Since Saturday a ceasefire has been established in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province through the efforts and mediation of elders and influential people of the province," a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said…

"This is the first time throughout the country," Karzai’s spokesman, Siamak Herawi, told AFP. "This is a model that other provinces and areas are also trying to use," he said.

After 20 days of negotiations, a document was signed by both sides and the Taliban withdrew from three key areas of Bala Murghab, Herawi said.

This left local leaders in charge and would allow authorities to set up election offices and for candidates in the presidential and provincial council ballot to begin campaigning, he said…

Haven’t we just seen the fruits of such negotiations in the neighboring country of Pakistan?

The Taliban only have ceasefires to re-load.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Afghan Elders Make Truce With Taliban”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Aren’t we doing the same thing with Obama and the Chi-Town Crippler Thugs?

    He is bound and determined to take over the Health industry in this nation. Now it just comes down to “How much of a lie do I have to tell to get the sheeple to buy it.”

    If there is no “CLEAR and DEFINITIVE” plan for “V”ictory, get us the hell out of there and gear up for a war with them in our streets!!

  2. Right of the People says:

    Are those the Afgani three stooges? Larry, Curly and Achmed. I agree with LD, if we aren’t going to fight to win, let’s get the heck out before anymore of our brave men & women die in this festering, third world sh*thole.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What a great nation is Afghanistan to diligently clear the streets of gunfire so voters can turn out without the fear of getting their heads blown off. Sorta makes you want to stand up and cheer. I mean what a bastion of free-thinking is that nation. What a model. What a rigorous example. I am in utter awe of its advanced ways.


  4. proreason says:

    Just one thing I know for sure about Afghani elders.

    The hats are great protection from falling bricks.

  5. beautyofreason says:

    Sometimes I ask myself “what is the point?” Afghanistan was a shariah law cesspool before and it is still one now (sans public executions and amputations in the local stadium. They’ve settled for imprisoning “blasphemers” and journalists who ask questions about human rights under Islam – plus some vigilante acid trips with the local schoolgirls).

    I would rather bring the troops home rather than subject them to Dem, PC,and warlord nonsense. The Dems want to lose wars, waste money and troops on politically correct Kumbayahs with the “moderate Taliban” (good luck with the enemy body count now). I wouldn’t waste another penny or soldier in Afghanistan, not with the Obama administration in charge. Then again, I wouldn’t waste a dime to protect any government under Shariah law. But that’s just me.

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