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Wednesday
Oct062010

Taliban and Afghan Government Officials in Talks to End War

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan have begun between Afghan President Hamid Karzai's representatives, Pakistanis, and a former Taliban official.  This marks the third day of such talks.  The discussions have been described by officials as preliminary, but an important step towards a possible negotiated settlement. 

The U.S. is not involved, although ABC News has learned that the Obama administration has shifted its position on talks and has recently been quietly encouraging discussions.

"There is a red line," according to a Western diplomat.  The Taliban would have to stop military operations, work with the Afghan government and renounce Al Qaeda in order for a settlement to be reached.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep282010

Afghan President Karzai Cries in Nationally Televised Speech

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai broke down during a nationally televised speech Tuesday, saying he was worried Afghanistan might not become attractive or peaceful enough to keep even his own son from fleeing to the West.  Karzai became overwhelmed multiple times by the thought of his four-year-old son, Mirwais, not being a proud Afghan and not having a country that he wants to grow up and live in. "Whoever wants to be a true Afghan, outside the country isn't a place for us to live...If a person wants to be a true Afghan, then he will choose to live with the history, the memories, the culture...and he and his children will live in this country," Karzai began, criticizing those who choose to leave.  Karzai, who does not write out his speeches, seemed to snap out of his stupor and told the country to wake up.  "Wake up. Wake up and see what is happening in our country," he said, regaining his composure after wiping his eyes with a handkerchief and blowing his nose. "This can only improve if we work hard to make the country ours. Only by our hard work can this country improve. Afghanistan will neither improve nor gain the respect of the world with someone else's hard work." President Obama has stated U.S. troops could begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next summer, depending on conditions on the country. Currently there are 95,000 U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan in an effort to blunt the influence of the Taliban and other insurgents.

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