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In Afghanistan, experts question strategy of reconciliation for insurgents

June 23, 2018
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“Not every Taliban is an extremist ally,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last week. One of the primary tasks of President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy review, she said, is “trying to sort out who is the real enemy.” (Washington Post — 19 October, 2009)
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The United States and NATO countries fighting in Afghanistan have told President Hamid Karzai’s government that they expect him to remain in office for another five-year term and will work with him on an expanded campaign to turn insurgent fighters against the Taliban and other militant groups. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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KABUL — As Washington policymakers debate the U.S. role in Afghanistan, most agree that one element will be important to whatever strategy emerges: the need for reconciliation with insurgents who can be bought off or otherwise persuaded to lay down their arms. (Washington Post — 14 October, 2009)
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Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military officer in Afghanistan, tells commanders to pull forces out of sparsely populated areas where U.S. troops have fought bloody battles with the Taliban for several years and focus on protecting major Afghan population centers. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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