US will have role in Afghan reconciliation with Taliban – Military times

In this March 14, 2018, file photo, Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, speaks to reporters at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Robert Burns/AP)

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The U.S. has a role to play in setting the conditions for members of the Taliban to lay down their weapons and move back into Afghanistan’s society, the top U.S. commander for the war said Thursday.

Noting that integration talks are already going on behind the scenes, Gen. John Nicholson said U.S. and Afghan officials are working out a plan that will lay out how the U.S. will support the peace effort.

Some of the steps could include providing funding and setting up a system to remove certain groups from the U.S. list of terror suspects, which will help convince them they can return to their communities without being targets of…..Read More on Military times