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Listening to Afghanistan when talking to the Taliban

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12.02.2019

The Taliban are at the table and everyone is hesitant to give them a seat. For nearly 18 years, the United States have been at war with the Taliban, fighting alongside the Afghan forces in a war that has cost them over a $ 1 trillion. They have been unable to win that war, given their inability to militarily defeat the group. The two sides stuck in the stalemate, now find themselves, talking to one another on the condition that the United States leaves and never comes back.

Diplomacy is complex and in Afghanistan, the process is complicated further by the domestic political squabbles, the involvement of regional countries and the inability of the United States to learn from their past mistakes.

Diplomacy is complex and in Afghanistan, the process is complicated further by the domestic political squabbles, the involvement of regional countries and the inability of the United States to learn from their past mistakes.

If we can learn anything from the history of the US stay in Afghanistan, it is that the loss of US interest has always led to an increase in insurgent activity. This was the case when the Soviet Union collapsed and the US, deciding the battle against communism was won, lost interest in Afghanistan, leaving the Mujahedeen well-armed and trained. Even after returning to Afghanistan in 2001, to defeat the same Mujahedeen they helped arm a decade earlier, the US enmeshed in Iraq as well, continue to supply Pakistan with the money they ‘needed’ to fight the Taliban. With the US attention focused on Iraq, Pakistan helped the Taliban regroup and carry out attacks across Afghanistan. Once Washington realised that the Taliban had made their comeback, it was too late and violence across the country was rampant. President Obama’s announcement of a US drawdown and exit from the........

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