Karzai calls for talks with the Talibans
Al Jazeera reports that Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, is going (again) to make the same mistake. This time he is seeking help from Saudi Arabia “to facilitate talks with the Taliban in order to end the conflict in the country“, while denying any talks had already taken place. He added he “was trying to encourage the group to lay down their arms“.
But that wish is going to be a little difficult. The situation in Afghanistan is not improving, as
terrorism insurgency is growing. The US general in Afghanistan has called for more troops ASAP, but celebrates also the last operations against AQ and the Taliban carried out by Pakistan. He also said that a much more urgent priority than troops are “economic aid and political support“.
But Spanish Defence Minister asked just for the opposite: less troops and a change to a more political and humanitarian mission to “make the acceptance grow in between the Aghan population. Spanish Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, critisized yesterday US work in Afghanistan :
Chacón stated that “a better coordination between ISAF and Enduring Freedom is essential, so the political or strategic goals of one operation are not undermined by what’s going on in the battle camp“.
Meanwhile, more refugees from Pakistan are fleeing into Afghanistan. Supposedly, Pakistan is carrying an operation against the Talibans near Afghan-Pakistani frontier.
- Suspected US-missile kills 6 in Pakistan. The missiles struck the home of a local Taliban commander before midnight Tuesday near Mir Ali, a town in the North Waziristan region.
- AQ criticizes Pakistani leaders in new video. “Monday’s message was posted on militant Web sites commonly used by al-Qaida. In the hour-long video, an unnamed narrator speaking Urdu calls on Pakistani Muslims to prepare for holy war and take up arms against corrupt governments“.