Talking to the Taliban won’t bring peace to Afghanistan – alaraby

A suicide car bomb targeting foreign forces rocked eastern Kabul on 2 March, 2018 [AFP]

Last week saw Eid al-Adha, and ought to have brought the beginning of a ceasefire between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, which was announced by President Ashraf Ghani the Sunday before.

That attempted ceasefire, intended to follow a successful cessation of hostilities at Eid al-Fitr this year, failed to take place due to the active decision of one of the conflict’s participants. While both sides speak confidently about their willingness to talk, this time, only the Afghan government was prepared to put down its arms.

The Taliban, by contrast, reacted to the proposed ceasefire by taking hundreds prisoner in Kunduz. Afghan forces swiftly mounted a largely successful operation to rescue the hostages. This is a positive development; almost …. Read More on alaraby