World View: Taliban Prepare for Return of 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan'
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- U.S. announces direct talks with Afghan Taliban to end war
- Taliban prepares for return of 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan'
- U.S. dropped some pre-conditions for talks with Taliban
- Afghan insurgents kill U.S. soldiers at Bagram base
U.S. announces direct talks with Afghan Taliban to end war
Taliban press conference in Doha on Tuesday (Reuters)
The White House announced Tuesday that U.S. representatives will open
direct talks with Taliban representatives within the next few days,
aimed at finding a political solution to the Afghan war. At the same
time, Taliban representatives opened up a Taliban office in Doha,
Qatar, where the talks with the U.S. will take place. According
to a U.S. official:
"I think the US will have its first formal meeting
with the Taliban, and the first meeting with the Taliban for
several years, in a couple of days in Doha.
I would expect that to be followed up within days by a meeting
between the Taliban and the High Peace Council, which is the
structure that President [Hamid] Karzai has set up for talks of
this nature. ...
We'll tell them what we want to talk about and they'll tell us
what they want to talk about and we'll both adjourn and consult on
next steps, and then have another meeting in a week or two
U.S. officials said that this is "an important first step," with no
guarantee of success. As everyone knows, the U.S. is committed to
withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan in 2014. VOA and AFP
Taliban prepares for return of 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan'
As U.S. officials were announcing the start of talks with the Taliban,
the Taliban themselves were giving a press conference in Doha, Qatar,
at the "Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."
This was the name of the country Afghanistan when the Taliban
ruled it, prior to September 11, 2001. According to the
"It is well known to all that the Islamic Emirate of
Afghanistan has been waging jihad and striving to put an end to
the occupation and form an independent Islamic system. To reach
this goal, it has utilized every lawful means.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan simultaneously follows both
military and political options and aims which are limited to
Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate neither wants to pose harms to
other countries from its soil nor will allow anyone to pose a
threat to the security of countries from the soil of Afghanistan.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants good relations with all
countries of the world, including the neighboring countries on
the basis of mutual respect and, while desiring security at the
country level, the Islamic Emirate wants security and justice at
the world level.
Of course, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers its
religious and national duty to gain independence from the
occupation and, for that purpose, has utilized every legitimate
way and will utilize it in future too."
The Taliban said that there were five main reasons why they deemed
necessary to open an office in Qatar:
Gulf Times (Doha)
- First: To reach understanding and initiate talks with
countries of the world for the purpose of improving relations with
- Second: To support a political and peaceful solution which
includes end of occupation of Afghanistan and establishment of an
independent Islamic system and true security, which the nation wants
- Third: To hold meetings with Afghans as time may demand.
- Fourth: To initiate contact with the United Nations, as well as
with international, regional and non-governmental organizations.
- Fifth: To put political statements at the disposal of media
regarding current political developments.
U.S. dropped some pre-conditions for talks with Taliban
As the 2014 withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan approaches,
the U.S. has been forced to drop some previously announced
pre-conditions for peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.
The Taliban made the following commitments:
The last is an allusion to Osama bin Laden's use of Afghan soil
to launch the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
However, recent attempted attacks on Europe and America have
been launched from AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) in
northern Africa and AQAP (Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula)
- They would "support" an Afghan peace process.
- They would oppose the use of Afghan soil to threaten
The U.S. has dropped some other pre-conditions for talks:
The Taliban are expected to demand that all foreign troops be pulled
out of Afghanistan in 2014, and that the U.S. not be permitted to
leave behind a small force. Dawn (Pakistan)
- The Taliban will not forego suicide further
suicide attacks or other violence in Afghanistan, as it's
pursuing the political process.
- The Taliban will not sever links with al-Qaeda.
- The Taliban will not accept Afghanistan's constitution and,
in particular, will not agree to protections for women and
Afghan insurgents kill U.S. soldiers at Bagram base
Several hours after the Taliban were announcing peace talks with the
United States, insurgents killed four U.S. soldiers in an attack on
Bagram Air Force Base near Kabul in Afghanistan. BBC
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