A senior administration official says President Barack Obama is prepared to accept some Taliban involvement in Afghanistan's political future and is inclined to send only as many more U.S. troops to Afghanistan as are needed to keep al-Qaida at bay. (here)
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a massive suicide car bomb that targeted the Indian embassy in Kabul yesterday, killing 17 people and injuring another 63, most of them civilians.
A statement on the Islamist insurgent group’s website said one of its ”martyrs” had carried out the attack, and the Indian embassy in the heavily fortified central diplomatic area” was the main target”
Obama's jihad strategy is now focusing on al-Qaida, not the Taliban. What's the difference? It's all Islamic jihad.
Differentiate between Al Qaeda and the Taliban? So how's that done?
Armaros opines, "How do we differentiate between pro AQ Taliban and "good Taliban"?
This is a failed strategy. It is like in 1945 the US was accepting Nazi involvement in the future of Germany.
What future is there with beheaders and girls killers? Will NATO forces defend a state ripe with child rapist women stoning savages?
Whatever happened to the campaign promise of going after them in Pakistan if necessary?
The brave speeches about catching Osama in Pakistan if need be. Now Obama is surrendering Afghanistan to the enemy. Taliban will receive tax payer $$. Can't wait for that money to be spent on stadiums for stonings and arm choppings.
AQ and Taliban are the same. Sure one is more local, though present throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan but still they are the defenders and administrators of AQ Ideology and AQ Islam.
Obama just threw women and girls back to the hands of acid throwers, child rapists and murderers".
UPDATE: Obama, your deliberate dereliction of duty is treasonous. His lack of direction, strategy, and objective (not to mention crippling ROEs) are setting up Americans for slaughter. BRING THE TROOPS HOME.
American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.
Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.
“The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being here. They are really in a state of depression and despair and just want to get back to their families,” said Captain Jeff Masengale, of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2-87 Infantry Battalion.
Previously at Atlas: EIGHT MORE US SOLDIERS DEAD IN AFGHANISTAN, Obama consults Mother Goose for strategy
Pamela Geller, Newsmax: Obama Making America Less Safe
“They feel they are risking their lives for progress that’s hard to discern,” said Captain Sam Rico, of the Division’s 4-25 Field Artillery Battalion. “They are tired, strained, confused and just want to get through.” The chaplains said that they were speaking out because the men could not.