Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The UK government is spearheading talks with the notorious terrorist group Taliban in Afghanistan, now, into the tenth year after the US-led invasion of the country.

As the US-led occupation of Afghanistan enters its tenth year, casualties have risen among Afghan civilians and NATO troops alike, making the last 12 months the bloodiest of the conflict to date. 

US and British troops are engaged in a dirty war in Afghanistan, using aerial bombing, drone attacks, torture prisons and corporate mercenaries against the Afghan people, all of which are fuelling further insecurity and fostering human rights abuse. 

Britain joined the countries that invaded Afghanistan under the US command after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on US soil on the pretext that the masterminds behind the attacks - al-Qaeda and the Taliban - must be uprooted. 

But, the multinational force led by the US military have neither been able to defeat terrorism nor they succeeded in their attempts to uproot the terrorists the US and British intelligence agencies claimed have taken refuge in the mountains of Afghanistan. 

Consequently, the war strategists of the invading countries put peace talks with the more moderate Taliban group on their agenda to try to save their governments of the quagmire they are trapped for almost ten years. 

The member of the Taliban regime before September 11, Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef has attended secret talks in London to discuss peace proposals aimed at ending the conflict in Afghanistan, the Daily Telegraph reported. 

Zaeef, said to be close to Taliban chief Mullah Omar, has held private talks with British officials in a conference partly funded by the Foreign Office, the report said. 

The conference at King's College, London, brought together opinions from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the United States and Britain. 

Britain, which is under immense domestic pressure to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, is facilitating talks between Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the senior member of the Taliban. 

The British military has lost almost 356 troops to the unpopular Afghan war either, in combat operations, or other natural or incidental causes. source

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