The Taliban leadership council again demanded that Western forces withdraw from Afghanistan and insisted it would reestablish the Islamic Emirates

Before any peace or reconciliation with the Taliban can occur,the following must happen:

1.) elimination of Mullah Omar and other irreconcilable and ideological i.e. Al- qaeda-compromised Taliban leadership
2.) replacement of the Karzai regime with a less corrupt and more legitimate government
3.) strengthening of Afghan police and military

Without the above prerequisites, the US is negotiating from a inferior position of weakness and the Taliban along with many governments , allies, or enemies, are aware.

An ambitious plan is underway to get fighters lay down their arms in return for money and jobs.

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