Petraeus: "Taliban are ready to reconcile with Afghan Govt"

Sydney Morning Herald:

Top Taliban leaders have made overtures to reconcile with the Afghan government, the top commander in Afghanistan said Monday.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has long said that he will talk to insurgents if they renounce violence, sever ties to terrorists and embrace the Afghan constitution.

Publicly, the Taliban have said they won’t negotiate until foreign troops leave Afghanistan, yet there are many indications that backdoor discussions have occurred.

Who are ready to reconcile with Afghan Govt? The ones planning Mumbai-style attacks on Europe? Or the ones stoning women? Or those warning Bangladesh against sending more troops to help ISAF? Or those sexually abusing and hanging 65-year-old man and his wife for “working for foreign invaders” (the man has worked for NGO Afghan Relief)? Or those…???

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