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    Council Member davidbfpo's Avatar
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    Default Shifting sands in Kabul

    Elsewhere, including SWJ Blog, there have been reports on US and NATO troops returning to Afghanistan.

    I wonder if anyone in those governments has considered the impact of this long awaited Afghan compromise with an opponent returning to Kabul, not a Taliban leader or faction, rather Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, once labelled "The Butcher of Kabul" of Hezb-e-Islami. A faction noted for its warfighting capability, almost exclusively along the eastern border against US troops IIRC.

    The initial, September 2016 BBC item on the agreement:

    The latest report, which I note does not explain if his fighters will follow him:

    I know this is the Afghan way of campaigning, with fighting and talking often in parallel and it is their country. Why should we commit blood and gold to support this?
    Last edited by davidbfpo; 05-05-2017 at 03:35 PM. Reason: 26,849v

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