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Taliban Reject Latest Karzai Call For Peace

From a hopes dashed Reuters:

Taliban reject renewed Karzai call for peace

By Sayed Salahuddin Sun Feb 21

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban on Sunday rejected President Hamid Karzai’s latest call for peace, despite pressure from a NATO offensive and the capture of its number 2.

Karzai renewed his appeal in parliament on Saturday for the Taliban to accept his peace proposal.

At a conference on Afghanistan in London in January, donor nations backed his plans for peace talks with those militants who renounce violence and pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to persuade fighters to lay down weapons.

The Taliban have repeatedly turned down Karzai’s peace proposals, saying foreign troops should leave Afghanistan first, but some tentative "talks about talks" have taken place.

"Karzai is a puppet he cannot represent a nation or a government," said Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf, commenting on Karzai’s call for the Taliban to work for peace and reconstruction.

"He is bogged down in corruption and is surrounded by warlords who are making themselves rich."

The Taliban, who have made a steady comeback since being ousted after a 2001 U.S.-led invasion, are under pressure…

"In Marjah, determined resistance is again reported in some areas. The Regional Command-South commander believes the clearing phase is progressing well and will take at least 30 days to complete," said the International Security Assistance Force.

The resilience of the Taliban has raised questions about how long Western countries can afford to stick it out in Afghanistan.

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s coalition government collapsed on Saturday when the two largest parties failed to agree on whether to withdraw troops from Afghanistan this year as planned.

The fall of the government in the EU country, just two days short of the coalition’s third anniversary, all but guarantees that the 2,000 Dutch troops will be brought home this year.

That would be the first major crack in the coalition of some 40 nations battling a steadily increasing Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

"The people of Holland have realized the reality of the war in Afghanistan. That is why they want their soldiers out of Afghanistan," said Yousuf.

He questioned how 15,000 NATO and Afghan troops with air support could not sweep through Marjah, the focus of the offensive, in Helmand province in the south.

"Our resistance is going on unabatedly day and night. They (troops) are facing resistance in all corners of Marjah, he said…

We have finally gotten exactly the war the Democrats and Mr. Obama wanted.

And look at how well it is going.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Taliban Reject Latest Karzai Call For Peace”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I’m confused.

    During WWII, Patton faced stiff resistance everywhere he went. Gen. A. McCauliffe of the 101st at the Battle of the Bulge face stiff resistance. Our Marines and Iwo Jima comes to mind.

    The US steamrolled over ‘fierce resistance’ and won the effing battles.

    Today I read headlines that proclaim six Nato casualties deaths as Heavy Casualties. Followed by Marines face stiff resistance from 40 Taliban fighters in Marjah.

    I must be losing my mind.

    Where’s the artillery? Air strikes? Doctrine of superior firepower? Effing Abrams M1A2s? Our terrifying HIMARS rocket launchers???

    WTF are we paying for all this advanced military superior firepower if 40 Taliban in a mud fort are classified as ‘stiff resistance’?????

    Am I the only one positively flummoxed by this?

    • proreason says:

      Are you suggesting using weapons against the miscreants, GetBack?

      Wouldn’t that just make them madder?

      How will they ever learn to love us if we are mean to them as you suggest?

      The counselling isn’t working out for you, is it Jack?

    • crate says:

      No you are not losing your mind.

    • JohnMG says:

      I think the Taliban have a spy in the White House.

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