Is the US coming to terms with the Taliban?
The announcement that the Taliban will open a political office in Qatar marks the first public step towards negotiations with the United States. Critics argue that talks will diminish the role of the Afghan government and strengthen the Taliban.
Many believe there is no clear role for Afghan President Hamid Karzai and this could undermine his power in future negotiations. Advocates for civil society groups similarly believe that too much of Afghan society is being ignored by the proposed peace talks.
In this episode of The Stream, we talk to Fariba Nawa (@FaribaNawa), author of Opium Nation and Ahmad Shuja (@AhmadShuja), who writes the Afghanistan Analysis blog.
What do you think? Will talks with the Taliban promote national reconciliation or lead to greater divisions and conflict in Afghanistan? Send us your thoughts and comments onFacebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.
- Joe Biden stated in an interview with Newsweek that the Taliban is not the enemy.Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.Joe Biden On Iraq, Iran, China and th...4 months agoThe next tweet was sent out from user @abalkhi, who releases statements and other news pieces on behalf of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which is the Taliban's name for Afghanistan.Statement of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding negotiations shahamat-english.com/index....Abdulqahar Balkhi4 months agoReplyRetweetBelow is an excerpt from the statement.Through realization and understanding, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has time and again made clear its stance to other nations and has persistently said that the allied nations under the leadership of America will never be able to subdue the Afghans by force in order to realize its aims. We are at the moment, besides our powerful presence inside the country ready to establish a political office outside the country to come to an understanding with other nations and in this series, we have reached an initial agreement with Qatar and other related sides. Islamic Emirate has also asked for the release of its prisoners from the Guantanamo prison in exchange basis.
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