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3 female journalists in Afghanistan are killed
"Someone shot and killed three Afghan journalists Yesterday. All three women work to the TV station assassins have targeted other journalists and human rights activists. So why NPR's d idea is in Islamabad. She's covered Afghanistan for years. Good morning. Good morning state. What happened? Well, this happened in the eastern city of Jalalabad and these women were shot dead as they left work. Two of the women were killed together and the third was separately hunted down. Oh, One of the women was shot nods for he. Me She was just 21. I managed to find her brother. How do women hate me? He lives in Canada. And he says Shana's fought to get an education and toe work should be opposed by conservative relatives and Even the broader community around her, but that her parents backed her up. They supported her cause because she was the one fighting for a change. Now Isis says they killed China's and the other women because they work for a pro government outlet. They'll likely also killed because they were women working in public, and that's something widely disapproved off in conservative parts of Afghanistan as Isis been responsible for other attacks like this Yeah. In December. They in fact killed a female presenter. Malala may want who worked at the same station. But most of these killings nobody's claimed responsibility for them. And that's causing so much for an anxiety and it's worth thinking about who's being killed here. These are people who can influence society people like media workers, human rights activists. Even judicial workers and clerics. Just this morning, a religious leader was killed in Kabul. And This is you know, I said, it spread fear. But what does that mean? It means people are shutting up. They're staying home. They're trying to leave the country and that means that local communities and even the international community. Is less likely to know what's happening across Afghanistan. The phrase civil society is occurring to me when you talk about the kind of people who are being targeted people who make it possible to have an open debate about things too. Learn what's going on. Um, I'd like to know, though. If this has anything to do with the wider political situation in the country, the United States had been trying to get all troops out. Right, so we can say that they do appear to be related because of the American withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan is part of a deal with the Taliban. But another part of that deal is that the Taliban has to sit down with the Afghan government to negotiate an end to this war. Sharing power and those assassinations that we're talking about began shortly after those talks began in September. Now we're talking about civil society. We're talking about silencing people. Might be critical of the negotiations or critical. The Taliban, who frankly want to re impose restrictions on women in particular when they get back into power. It's important to say here that the Taliban deny responsibility, but activists say that doesn't mean they're innocent. It could be a local commanders acting with a wink and a nod. It could be their sympathizers. Or it could be local actors with vendettas taking advantage of the
Fresh update on "afghan government" discussed on Fresh Air
"So what does the role of the biden administration now on the ongoing peace talks between the government of afghanistan and the taliban what they're trying to keep going. I mean it's the same. It's basically the same american diplomatic team. That's in doha in qatar. This a tiny microstate in the middle east where these talks are going on. The american the american diplomats are there now are the same ones who were there under trump. And they're trying to. They're trying to make a deal. I mean they're trying to do it and i. I don't think anybody imagines that there's going to be a peace deal by may first and so. That's that's kind of the. That's sort of the rub. Which is biden is not going to have a peace deal. Say hey i can bring all the troops home. And i can adhere to this date. So what's he going to do. He's going to have to decide. And i think almost certainly there's not going to be peace deal by may first so biden has to decide to keep the troops in and blow off this disagreement that trump made or do we pack up and leave. It must be really really interesting around the negotiating table between the taliban and the afghan government. Because you know some of the people. Negotiating on behalf of the afghan government are victims of the taliban. Some of the taliban negotiating have been prisoners in gitmo would. Would you describe a little bit of dynamic at the negotiations from what you know. Yeah it's it's really. It's really striking. It's and it's it's kind of whip sawing. Because like i was. I was in afghanistan for a few weeks and afghanistan has dramatically beautiful place. Most of your listeners have seen Shots but it's very poor and it's kind of on the edge. It's fallen and i and i got on a plane and i landed in doha. Qatar and cutter. Is this kind of fabulously wealthy. It's this tiny country sitting on this notion of natural gas so it's fabulously rich. So you feel like you've landed in boca raton and the whole you know you're and you're walking around shopping mall the whole time and it's gorgeous and so there's a there's a hotel this fabulous resort called the shark s. h. a. r. q. And that's where all the negotiators are staying. And so and that itself is bizarre. Because you're walking around. Tell and use people. There's women in bikinis and people relaxing. They're sitting by the pool and then there's like tau. Dan guys walking around with their with their beards and turbans so it's really striking but when they all got together in the room. I think it's safe to say it was really tense. So so on one hand you had the afghan government and most of them have suffered grievously negotiators. One of them goes chasers. His father was killed by the taliban another one had three family members killed by the taliban one of them just a few weeks before so they're sitting down and on. The other side are the taliban negotiators most of whom were in guantanamo prison for more than a decade another one of them was in was an not very pleasant pakistani prison for more than a decade and so The the level of of bitterness and kind of real real hatred is is quite high and so you know the taliban sat down and said we're you guys are much latkes for the united states and and so there was a lot of it was very tense. The taliban walked out several times. They didn't even want to talk to each other in the beginning. So that that's kind of what they had to get through. Initially we actually at the negotiating table. When you were in doha no no. I was just sort of hanging around outside the room. They were and i get them when they were..
ISIS claims killing of 3 female journalists in Afghanistan
"Someone shot and killed three Afghan journalists yesterday, all three women worked at a TV station. Assassins have targeted other journalists and human rights activists. So why NPR's d idea is in Islamabad. She's covered Afghanistan for years. Good morning. Good morning state. What happened? Well, this happened in the eastern city of Jalalabad and these women were shot dead as they left work. Two of the women were killed together and the third was separately hunted down. Oh, one of the women were shot. And as for he me she was just 21. I managed to find her brother. How do women hate me? He lives in Canada. And he says Shana's fought to get an education and toe work should be opposed by conservative relatives and even the broader community around her, but that her parents backed her up. They supported our cause because she was the one fighting for a change. Now Isis says they killed China's and the other women because they work for a pro government outlet. They'll likely also killed because they were women working in public, and that's something widely disapproved off in conservative parts of Afghanistan. Has Isis been responsible for other attacks like this? Yeah. In December. They in fact killed a female presenter. Malala may want who worked at the same station. But most of these killings nobody's claimed responsibility for them. And that's causing so much fear and anxiety, and it's worth thinking about who's being killed here. These are people who can influence society people like media workers, human rights activists. Even judicial workers and clerics. Just this morning religious leader was killed in Kabul. And This is you know, I said, it spread fear. But what does that mean? It means people are shutting up. They're staying home. They're trying to leave the country and that means that local communities and even the international community. Is less likely to know what's happening across Afghanistan. The phrase civil society is occurring to me when you talk about the kind of people who are being targeted people who make it possible to have an open debate about things toe. Learn what's going on. Um, I'd like to know, though. If this has anything to do with the wider political situation in the country, the United States had been trying to get all troops out. Right, so we can say that they do appear to be related because of the American withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan is part of a deal with the Taliban. But another part of that deal is that the Taliban has to sit down with the Afghan government to negotiate an end to this war by sharing power. And those assassinations that we're talking about began shortly after those talks began in September. Now we're talking about civil society. We're talking about silencing people who might be critical of the negotiations or critical of the Taliban, who, frankly want to re impose restrictions on women in particular. When they get back into power. It's important to say here that the Taliban deny responsibility, but activists say that doesn't mean they're innocent. It could be a local commanders acting with a wink and a nod. It could be their sympathizers. Or it could be local actors with vendettas taking advantage of the chaos, do
Fresh update on "afghan government" discussed on Fresh Air
"People who have benefited most in the people who have really stepped to the fore since since nine eleven. It's the nine eleven generation of the post. Two thousand one generation which basically the united states is enabled and so it's educated people. It's women it's women's rights activists. It's people with masters degrees in in their targeting them judges lawyers journalists aid workers. One after the so. I think we're bit pretty close to five hundred assassinations since the peace agreement was signed and just yesterday for instance in jalalabad which is a city east of kabul. Three women. Journalists were killed. Were murdered three young women and that to me is that's emblematic. I mean these are the women in a country that is is doesn't really recognize fully recognized women's rights. They're out there and they're and they're risking their lives and they're you know they're fighting the good fight and three of them just got killed almost certainly by the taliban. So that's what's happening. So i think if we stand back and we look at these negotiations these peace talks. We think okay. It's a race. Are they going to make a deal. Or or is the afghan state gonna collapse i before this taliban onslaught and that that's what's so kind of disturbing about though thing. So what is the role. Now of the biden administration in the ongoing talks between the taliban and the afghan government wh- vitamin station inherited. All this right. So they inherited the war and then they inherited this. May i pull out date. Which is the united states will withdraw all of its forces by may i. What did they do this entire thing. These this set of really impossible choices. It was just there left for them. Left waiting for them when they came into the white house. So biden has to decide what he's gonna do because the date is rapidly approaching when the us is supposed to go to zero and really were kind of at that point right now. If the us doesn't start packing literally packing up they're not going to be able to get out of there by may first so they buy needs to make a decision right away. And i think i was. I was in a room with an intelligence officer. That was briefing some american soldiers and she said look if we're still here after may first and we might be it's game on the tell you can expect the taliban start coming after americans again so the war goes back. The war comes back on. May i if we're still there..
ISIS claims killing of 3 female journalists in Afghanistan
"Shot and killed three Afghan journalists Yesterday. All three women work to the TV station assassins have targeted other journalists and human rights activists. So why NPR's d idea is in Islamabad. She's covered Afghanistan for years. Good morning. Good morning, Steve. What happened? Well, this happened in the eastern city of Jalalabad and these women were shot dead as they left work. Two of the women were killed together and the third was separately hunted down. Oh, One of the women was shot nods for he. Me She was just 21. I managed to find her brother had women hate me. He lives in Canada. And he says Shana's fought to get an education and toe work should being opposed by conservative relatives and even the broader community around her, but that her parents backed her up. He supported your cause because she was the one fighting for a change. Now, Isis says they killed channels and the other women because they work for a pro government outlet. But they're likely also killed because they were women working in public, and that's something widely disapproved off in conservative parts of Afghanistan. Has Isis been responsible for other attacks like this? Yeah. In December. They in fact killed a female presenter. Malala may want who worked at the same station. But most of these killings nobody's claimed responsibility for them. And that's causing so much real anxiety, and it's worth thinking about who's being killed here. These are people who can influence society people like media workers, human rights activists. Even judicial workers and clerics. Just this morning, a religious leader was killed in Kabul. And This is you know, I said, it spread fear. But what does that mean? It means people are shutting up. They're staying home. They're trying to leave the country and that means that local communities and even the international community. Is less likely to know what's happening across Afghanistan. The phrase civil society is occurring to me when you talk about the kind of people who are being targeted people who make it possible to have an open debate about things too. Learn what's going on. Um, I'd like to know, though. If this has anything to do with the wider political situation in the country, the United States had been trying to get all troops out. Right, so we can say that they do appear to be related because of the American withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan is part of a deal with the Taliban. But another part of that deal is that the Taliban has to sit down with the Afghan government to negotiate an end to this war. Sharing power and those assassinations that we're talking about began shortly after those talks began in September. Now we're talking about civil society. We're talking about silencing people who might be critical of the negotiations or critical. The Taliban, who frankly want to re impose restrictions on women in particular when they get back into power. It's important to say here that the Taliban deny responsibility, but activists say that doesn't mean they're innocent. It could be a local commanders acting with a wink and a nod. It could be their sympathizers. Or it could be local actors with vendettas taking advantage of the chaos, do
White House To Review Plan To Pull Troops Out Of Afghanistan
"When the U. S Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meets with NATO defense ministers today and tomorrow they'll discuss the future of the 2500 American troops still serving in Afghanistan under a deal the Trump Administration signed with the Taliban. The U. S is supposed to withdraw those troops by May, 1st. Biden administration is now questioning whether that's still a good idea, given the ongoing violence. BBC chief International correspondent least to set joins US now from Kabul on Skype and lease The Times of London is reporting that the Afghan government wants US and NATO troops to stay for another two years. So if the body administration were to agree to that, how would they justify breaking this deal with the Taliban? Right now. Our understanding is that the Biden administration believes it needs more time and now Afghanistan is in a situation whereby depending on what figures used 50 to 70% of the district's of Afghanistan or other controlled or contested by the Taliban, and that one way or the other either through the negotiations were through the battlefield that the Taliban will return to power. The Taliban are threatening that if the U. S doesn't keep his deal, they're going to resume their attacks against the NATO forces. They want the U. S. To keep this side of the bargain. We know that President Biden never supported the troop surge into Afghanistan when he was vice president. We know he wants to get out. But the big urgent question now and it's a really, really hard question is that it's not that they we will get out. It is how we will get out. And what will happen when we do? Well, you're right. That is the crux of the problem for President Biden and for NATO, that if you pull out troops or when you pull out troops that terrorist groups will emerge again in Afghanistan, but from what you're telling me It sounds like the Taliban already carries quite a bit of influence in the country. So how much of a concern is it that these violent groups would take over the country? At some point when these troops are gone, Rob The very pessimistic assessments, which say that the Taliban had moved so close to many of the provincial capitals, which they've been prevented from taking in the past because of U. S air power because of U. S intelligence gathering because of US and other NATO support that once all of these Foreign troops are gone, that they will be able to overrun these provincial cities. And then, of course, Kabul is the biggest prize of all. There are people in the Afghan government who say this summer will be the worst fighting season as it's called that Afghanistan has seen for years, But they say they're confident that the Afghan security forces will be able to stand up to them. I think the reality is that the Taliban have strengthened their positions. They believe that their return to power one way or another is just a matter of time. It is hard to believe at this point that this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks, which, of course, sparked the U. S led invasion of Afghanistan now two decades ago. What has been accomplished in that time? Lisa's we consider pulling these troops out. It has been 20 years of some successes. I think we have to bear that in mind. Afghanistan is not the country it was in 2000 and one There is a vibrant press. There is a parliament there is an elected president. There is the most educated, most connected to generation in Afghan history. But you cannot also avoid the fact that year in year out the Taliban from their sanctuaries in neighboring Pakistan, and the resistance from other outside actors. Have the inch back district by district into power work and what we see Eat today in Afghanistan is a time where Afghans are living in fear of targeted killings that one by one Human rights activists, female judges, journalists that young, educated generation expected to play a role in the future. They're being picked off one by young one, and there's a brain drain. They're leaving because they see their lives. They're not safe here and they don't have a future in Afghanistan. I don't think I'm going to say that All hope is lost. But there is a feeling that this is what the Taliban say. Time is up. Now you had your chance, and now it's
How The Biden Administration Can Tackle America's Longest War
"Administration is reviewing its options in many areas of foreign policy, including Afghanistan. It is America's longest war and in a deal with the Taliban. Last year, the Trump Administration agreed to withdraw U. S troops by May, but The new administration says the Taliban is not keeping its end of the bargain, hinting that U. S troops will likely stay longer. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports a former U. S government and U. N expert on Afghanistan, Rina Amiri knows that Americans are tired of fighting endless wars. Now we're trying to win the peace. But she says the Trump administration left a complicated hand. Amiri, now with New York University, says the U. S emboldened the Taliban. By negotiating the withdrawal schedule and keeping to it even as violent spite and Afghan peace talks faltered. And now what we have the situation where the Taliban feels very much they have won this war that they're winning this war that the peace agreement is simply a cover for withdrawal for the U. S. The U. S still has 2500 troops in Afghanistan under the deal with the Taliban, they're supposed to be gone a few months from now. But Biden's national security advisor Jake Sullivan, says the administration is taking a hard look at whether the Taliban are meeting their commitments to break ties with terrorists, reduce violence and negotiate in a serious way with the Afghan government. And in that context, we make decisions and now our force posture and our diplomatic strategy going forward. That's welcome news to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He told the Aspen Institute last week that he expects a U. S team in Kabul soon, and he's gotten good signals from Secretary of State Tony Blinken. A promised me robust diplomacy in the region. Full coordination with us in a focus on ending 40 years of violence, the bidet administration may be promising too much, though Laurel Miller of the International Crisis Group says it's signaling that it wants to keep some US troops in Afghanistan for counterterrorism purposes and wants a peace deal that protects the democratic and human rights gains of the past two decades. Those are all perfectly fine and understandable things to be saying Again in the very first days of the administration, but ultimately you can't have all of the above. Miller says The Biden administration will have to prioritize. There cannot be both a negotiated peace and keeping some troops even a small number in Afghanistan for counterterrorism or any other purposes Because the Taliban won't agree to that there can't be a negotiated peace and No change in the nature of the system of governance and and writes in Afghanistan. U. S officials have long said they would protect women's rights in Afghanistan. Rina Amiri says not following through on that could send the wrong signal to Islamist groups elsewhere, so she thinks the U. S needs to get the diplomacy, right. And she'd like to see a third party, perhaps from the U. N manage the peace process. It will also be more helpful for the U. S. Because right now, everything right on the U. S. You need a manager of this peace process Right now. We do not have a manager. A State Department spokesperson says the U. S will support the Afghan peace process with a quote senior and robust American diplomatic effort. Trump Administration's envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, remains on the job. Even a secretary Blinken builds out the team. Michele Kelemen. NPR NEWS Washington
Gunmen kill two women judges in Afghan capital
"A court official says Gunmen have fired on a car in northern Kabul, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan's high court and wounded the driver. It was latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban And Afghan government officials.
Female judges gunned down in Afghan capital, court official says
"To assassinations in Central Asia. Today, gunmen opened fire on a car in northern Kabul, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan's highest court. An Afghan court official also says the gunman wounded the driver. This marks the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government officials in Qatar. And Afghan Supreme Court spokesman says the women served as judges for the high court but didn't identify them by name. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban maintained they were not
Female judges gunned down in Afghan capital, court official says
"Court officials is Goodman have fired on a car in northern Kabul today, killing two female judges who worked for Afghanistan's high court and wounding the driver. It's the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government
Afghan officials: Bomb kills 3 in Kabul amid peace talks
"Spokesman for Afghanistan's Public Protection force has been killed along with two others by a bomb attack in Kabul is the latest in a serious of assassinations of government officials, journalists and human rights activists. You tied coincides with the resumption of peace talks between the Afghan government on the Taliban.
Afghan Government, Taliban Reach Breakthrough To Proceed With Peace Talks
"Afghan government and representatives of the Taliban have jointly announced reaching a preliminary deal to push on with peace talks. Well, it's a start. I'm going to push him with Pete's talks. Uh, these talks would proceed discussions on the political road back for both parties. They've got a written agreement, actually. Between the two sides, and it marks breakthrough after 19 years of war. The procedure, including his preamble of the negotiation has been finalized, and from now on, the negotiation will begin on the agenda. They're people who represent the Taliban. On their political office and Djohar. Better. That a posted the same statement on their Twitter accounts. While the spokesman for the militant group as Retweeted it so it must be some progress said they at least have agreed on a framework for peace. Maybe just maybe we can pull our young troops out of there after 19 years of warfare. And I think that that's a hopeful sign. I'm glad to see him coming to some sort of talks, but it reminds me of back in my era, the Paris peace accords that they were trying to have, where they couldn't even agree on the shape of the table for a long time before they could come to some sort of peace With honor is President Nixon called it Well, well, this piece come with any honor to any of the participants. I doubt it. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have probably been killed by the bombs that have been dropped. By American and coalition forces there. Um, uh. Least 2000 American troops are more have been killed. 6000 wounded horribly on have come home from that war, And now we sit here talking about Thank you for your service. Somebody tell me what freedom of ours in America where they fighting for in Afghanistan.
Afghan Government, Taliban Reach Breakthrough To Proceed With Peace Talks
"News from afghanistan. The afghan government and taliban have reached a preliminary deal to move ahead with peace talks. And what's being hailed as a major breakthrough. The two sides agreed on a three page written document to codify rules and procedures for future negotiations.
Afghan and Taliban Negotiators Agree on Peace Talks’ Procedures
"Representatives of the Afghan government of the Taliban say they've reached a preliminary deal to proceed with their peace talks. Latest deal on rules and pay We for the Afghan and Taliban negotiators to advance to the next stage of the talks are con Media reports say that 21 Point agenda on procedures will include Islamic prayers at the beginning and at the end of every session. Mutual respect for delegates and a ban on inappropriate language. The U. S envoy on Afghanistan tell My parents aren't said that three page agreement was a significant milestone in the negotiations on a political road map on a
Afghan Leader Digs In on Peace Talks Despite Progress, Officials Say
"Afghanistan's chief peace envoy, Abdullah Abdullah, said that the U. S decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has come too soon as his country is still struggling to attain peace and security amid an ongoing conflict. Abdullah spoken and Kara, where he saw it. Turkey's support for negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban that are taking place in cutter to find an end to decades of war. The talks have made little progress so far. Abdullah said of the US's decision to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan from over 4.5 1000 to 2.5 1000 quote. This is the decision of the U. S administration and we respect it. And quote, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced that we would reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid January, in line with President Trump's pledge to bring our forces home. Afghan officials have expressed concerns that a rapid reduction in American troops could strengthen the negotiating hand of the Taliban, while the militants are still waging a full fledged insurgency against government forces. Abdullah said it's not like things will go a zwei wish, adding however, that he welcomed to the fact that 2500 troops will remain and NATO will also retain its presence. Abdullah said, quote what form or what shape it will take. That remains to be seen, but they will certainly push for a peaceful settlement and quote Washington signed a deal with the Taliban in February to pave the way for the dough, hot talks and American forces eventual withdrawal. We championed the deal as Afghanistan's best chance at a lasting peace. Folks, This is an endless war. Regardless of what the Taliban agreed to, and negotiations they can and have broken agreements before. Both Turkey and cutter are supporters of Isis and their friends in Afghanistan hasn't built a solid military defense. After all the money and support we've been giving them for years and years and years. Why should we think in a few more years will make a difference. America is not the world's cop. If these nations can't get along, that's an issue for them and their neighbors, not
Rockets Strike Kabul as Mike Pompeo Plans to Meet with Taliban
"Rocket attack on Kabul this time inthe e. Afghanistan, Capital Cities, heavily fortified diplomat Excuse me diplomatic area. The assault happened just hours before meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Taliban negotiators in Qatar. It follows the outgoing Trump administration's announcement. It plans to withdraw 2000 troops from Afghanistan by mid January, raising concerns about the Afghan government's ability to deal with violence like this on its own. Was CBS Is MTs tie up reporting from London.
Kabul Battered By Rockets Ahead Of Pompeo's Planned Talks With Taliban
"Hours before outgoing U. S. Secretary of state Mike from Pale held what we're likely his last meetings with the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators trying to hammer out a peace deal. The attack and Kabul, which was blamed on Islamic state militants also entered 31 people. These all came as those peace talks were underway in Qatar, the U. S Border patrol reaching a milestone in its protection of the U. S.
Mortar shells hit Kabul residential areas; at least 8 dead
"Are dead and dozens more injured in Afghanistan after 20 Very explosive shells were fired at residential areas. The shells were fired from two vehicles in the Islamic state affiliate has now claimed the attack that multiple mortars coming as representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban continue to hold talks and Qatar U. S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to press for a reduction of violence in his meetings with both sides today. Let's go.
What's behind Trump's decision to withdraw troops abroad
"Announced yesterday that it will continue to withdraw U. S troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, leaving 2500 and each nation by January. 15th. Moved through bipartisan rebukes from lawmakers and some top military commanders who say the troop reduction is premature and could further destabilize Afghanistan. In particular. The announcement comes as President Trump continues to install loyalists at the Pentagon and a week after he fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Going to talk about what's behind the with the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan and other foreign and military policy decisions that the Trump Administration is making in this lame duck period. And joining us is Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent book is The world. A brief introduction and welcome back to form Richard House. Good to have you Always good to be with you, Michael. And let's begin by talking about this pull back, and I should mention we're not only talking about Afghanistan and Iraq. We're also talking about Somalia. But this is being done at a time January 15th, which is just days before five days before The Biden administration will presumably be moving in now in limbo. And what does that mean in terms of national security that there's no transition yet? Well, there's no upside the fact that there's no transition Can only hurt whoever. Whenever Joe Biden does take over and let's just say January 20th, he's going to inherit an extraordinarily difficult in box. And the more time he and his team have to prepare for it, The better the country will be, so there's nothing to be gained by delaying the transition. The array of international challenges is Is extraordinary. In terms of what you began the show with you set it up exactly right. This is being determined not by local conditions unless by local you mean the trump White House. This is a political calendar rather than on the ground conditions in Afghanistan or Iraq or anywhere else. It's inappropriate. I would argue to do this during any transition. Again. What's what's driving this? I believe it's always dangerous toe project with my I believe it's Mr Trump's desire to make good. On certain promises he made. It's consistent with his world view, which tends to be relatively unilateralists, an isolationist, but it will not be good either for the situation in any of these countries or for America's long term efforts, among other things, against terrorism or for our reputation for reliability. Well, let's talk about some of those concerns because they are profound, and they're certainly deep in so many ways, And we should mention perhaps the fact that the president had promised to get troops up. My Christmas is just cutting them in half. But the last time there was a major pullout from Iraq, it led to the rise of the Islamic state there and in Syria, and there's great concern and understandably so about well the Taliban taking over as they did in 1996, possibly in Afghanistan, or for that matter, Afghanistan being a sanctuary for terrorism, not only because of Al Qaeda but because of Isis and, well, the Taliban itself. Look, all those concerns are warranted. I wish I could argue differently, but I can't. What's particularly ironic in Iraq is not only is this You know, we have some history to go by, as you suggest that weakens the ability to fight terrorism. What the administration is concerned about Iranian influence. This seems to me a page the way for increased Iranian influence in Iraq, so even by their own lights. This makes this makes no sense and Afghanistan is really bad. You know. They signed an agreement in February with the Taliban, They bypassed the government. Which in and of itself was bad. It's not a peace agreement that would claims to be. It really is an American withdrawal agreement. The Taliban did not have to give up their arms to not have to agree to. Ah, Ceasefire and they made rhetorical pledges about their relationship with terrorists. But you can't take any of those toe to the bank. Ah, this is really after all we've done in Afghanistan, including the stakes were, you know, I'm prepared to argue that the United States overreach there and trying to remake aspects of the country. But this is this is the opposite mistake. This is under reaching and I hate for that, but that the idea come that down the road, some future administration BIA, Joe Biden's or someone after him. They have to contemplate doing things in places like Iraq or Somalia or Afghanistan simply because the Trump Administration race to the exits and we should mention since you brought up Somalia that the timing on this is really terrible, because There's actually a parliamentary elections that you're coming up soon in about a month, and there's a concern that counterterrorism there of Shabaab led counterterrorism could He stalled working against you, Bob, but this was why getting back to Afghanistan from over. This is why Marcus for the secretary defense was fired. He was concerned about the effects of a rapid pullout on the troops and the remaining What That would mean in terms of our alliance is, but also there's ongoing peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government that are pretty crucial here, too. Are there There's negotiations going on. I'm skeptical about them. But even if you were a believer in these negotiations Can't think of a worse way to negotiate then to unilaterally make these kinds of reductions. I mean, Mr Trump is renowned for quote unquote. The art of the deal. Well, you'll get a deal here, but you won't get a deal That's worth the paper. It's written on. It won't last the Taliban will have no incentive. T meet its commitments and at this risk the moralizing and undermining the government. What we ought to be doing overtime is potentially reducing our presence. We ought to do it in a coordinated, coordinated way with the government with our NATO allies were also there on the ground. There ought to be done in conjunction with significant long term commitments of military aid, economic support intelligence sport. Essentially, it ought to be coordinated and it ought to be carried out on Lee in a context. In which stability and our interest could be protected. This is a textbook case of how not to go about it. And I'm struck also Richard by the fact that there have been attacks despite this agreement that was signed in February, this diplomatic agreement. On personnel. The coalition personnel even though it was signed, and there have also been let's go to Iraq for a moment rockets fired into the Green Zone in Baghdad near the US Embassy shortly after that withdrawal was announced, so A lot of this is pretty ominous in many ways, and certainly ought to be a great concern. I want also, look at this with you for a moment. From the political standpoint, you have a lot of President Trump's fellow Republicans who were balking at this, including Mitch McConnell. That to me is the only bright side of this. Is that it shows that there is a degree of bipartisan support for first serious foreign policy, which includes, Ah continued American presence in the world, one dimension of which is his military. So the fact that these Republicans on the hill are willing to stand up to President Trump, at least in this domain is welcome and also bodes well for the Biden foreign policy for the Biden administration. I'm not naive. I know how difficult it will be in many areas to forge a common policy path but a matters towards China on matters towards Russia on some aspects of American deployments abroad. This suggests to me that the Biden administration and are even if the Republicans keep the Senate after the Georgia votes. Suggests to me that at least in some areas, bipartisanship in foreign policy is is a real possibility nicely
Pentagon drawing down troops in Afghanistan
"You know you and i both talked many times about the fact that we think it's long pastime for the us to be out of afghanistan but there are also these ongoing peace talks between an afghan group in the taliban. And i guess the question is would a fast withdrawal of twenty five hundred troops or so make it harder would lead to a hasty nato withdrawal Because i think there's like seven thousand nato forces there but they basically rely on the us military for logistics and often protection with lead the chaos. You could see a redux of obama in iraq and what two thousand fourteen end up sending troops back in to your point about how to make it harder for biden. This could be part of that. Yeah we've talked about the peace talks right that are going on between the afghan government. The taliban of the united pretty pessimistic about those. But this again drawing twenty five hundred troops out taking all out right again. Wh why is it so important. To trump have twenty five hundred instead of forty five hundred in an action that is not coordinated with any of those nato allies it is not coordinated with the afghan government. That is not factored into the peace negotiations. It just something that he is doing. Through like a handful of devon nunez apparatchiks the pentagon in the last minutes of his administration. He had four years to get this done if he wanted to get troops out of afghanistan or gada rock or out of somalia. Why is he doing this now. Why hasn't been working on this for these four years and people will hear me and say well what you want to keep all these troops these places no but the question is. How do you remove troops. How do you end wars and you do it by assessing. What are we doing in this country. What our missions. What security forces are relieving this too and what is the political and diplomatic context for what we're
"afghan government" Discussed on KQED Radio
"As America the Afghan government and the Taliban all scramble for stronger positions in any future peace negotiations violence has intensified making Afghanistan the deadliest conflict on earth right now according to the U. N. with civilian casualties in record numbers caught between the US backed Afghan military and the Taliban on the ground are Taliban escorts are fearful of attracting attention from above they're telling us now that we need to keep moving we can spend too long or and he has two kids these areas are being constantly survey by drones and any kind of gathering of people for any period of time contracts in the next village even more gun battles can be heard in the distance sheer has son came out to speak with us he can barely get the words out last winter he tells us and Afghan special forces team arrived here and came to his house for him was almost the walls with your damn was I told them we are not Taliban don't do this to us a son says the soldiers took his two nephews away one of them a teenage boy started each of us being here after some minutes I heard the sound of bullets fired their father here asked why did you kill my children one of them was so small another neighbor an elderly man was also executed we're told most call tool one American was standing here at the door I saw him myself I don't know if the American shot them or the others did there were a lot of them when the shooting happened at my brother shouted they killed my little children hi son says hello the Taliban control these areas no one from the village as a member of the insurgency and when he went to the local governor to complain he was told the killings were a mistake and nothing could be done the CIA responded to a request for comment by the news hour on alleged abuses stating we neither condone nor would knowingly participate in illegal activities and we continually work with our foreign partners to promote appearance to the law the US government routinely reviews such serious allegations to determine their validity although Human Rights Watch did not provide the CI a time to study the particular allegations in this report without confirming or denying any particular role in government of Afghanistan counterterrorism operations we can say with some confidence that many if not all of the claims levelled against Afghan forces are likely false or exaggerated January to July of this year marked the first time in this long conflict the US and Afghan government forces have killed and injured more civilians than the Taliban according to the U. N. yet because of their brutal tactics the Taliban are still killing and maiming thousands like in the September attack in Kabul when a Taliban member detonated a car bomb killing both an American and a Romanian soldiers and eight Afghan civilians in the street we challenge their commander on this why does the Taliban target areas where civilians are in the neighborhood you know the code in the marsh trying to hit their targets and not harm civilians but it happens there's a clear order from our senior leaders not harm any civilians the people living in these villages have nothing but mud walls between them and the war outside we do still labels like a Taliban supporters or pro government those in Afghanistan's hidden battlegrounds.
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"But the word stalemate stands out. Meantime, Afghanistan's government is not at the table as the US tries to talk peace with the Taliban. That is a big mistake says Ryan Crocker, he's a former US ambassador to Afghanistan. I think we are on very treacherous ground right now, we should not have another meeting with the Taliban unless or until the Afghan government is going to be part of the talks if we continue with the Taliban only. We will be effectively surrendering the country to the Taliban. It will just be a question of time. So why do you think the United States agree to these ground? Rules for peace talks without the Afghan government for years that has been the terms of the Taliban ready to talk to us anytime, but never with the Afghan government, which they see as illegitimate. So we caved we conceded to their primary condition, and I can only assume that this administration wants to get out at any cost. This is also accompanied by the president's statement that he wants to cut the remaining force in half. So it looks to me like this administration has said we're done. Let's dress it up as best we can in terms of an agreement, but we're leaving that is very dangerous. So the US envoy Ezell may Khalilzad. I mean, he's no slouch when it comes to this part of the world what kind of mission has he been sent on. What are his marching orders? I fear that he has been sent on a mission impossible. You're right. You know, no one knows this area better than him. Certainly. He didn't make this up on his own. So I have to assume that by sitting down with the Taliban without the government of Afghanistan. Those are his instructions get the best deal. You can any way we can because we're leaving which is not a great position to be in. I mean, you're dealing from a position of weakness not strength while Martha. That's exactly the point. It's what we saw with the Paris peace talks with Vietnam and simply brings back those with Vietnam springs back those memories for those of us old enough to remember, what is the analogy with the Vietnam peace talks. I was in one thousand seventy three we surrender. We're going home. What we want is a decent interval. So that everybody can change the channel. And when the ultimate defeat of South Vietnam takes place, it'll be a couple of years out and won't look so blatantly like the surrender. We are in fact talking about and that's what we got and the the images of helicopters lifting off from the roof of the American embassy. So here we're facing another long war this one in Afghanistan. I don't know anyone who wants the war to continue. So what is the alternative? Let's remember we're down to about fourteen thousand troopers in Afghanistan when I left in two thousand twelve we had well over one hundred thousand with those fourteen. Two thousand and our NATO allies who also have significant troops on the ground. The Afghan government is rocking along they control. All provincial capitals. Say control most of the main roads, they are not about to themselves surrender. But if we do they're not going to have much of a choice. So for the commitment of fourteen thousand troops in advisory roles almost exclusively the situation is manageable. That is not a bad investment in my view ambassador. We've been having this whole discussion with the assumption that the Taliban would take over will take over for the US troops pull out. Why are you so certain about that with us pulling out we are sending the signal that we can't win were done. We basically lost that will give a huge shot in the arm to the Taliban and correspondingly it it is going to dramatically weaken both the abilities and the result. All of the Afghan government itself. Significance of the American role cannot be overstated. Ryan Crocker, the former US ambassador to Afghanistan. Thanks very much for your time. Really? Appreciate it. Thank you. The father of mindfulness prepares for the next life that story just ahead here on the world.
"afghan government" Discussed on KCRW
"And you're with the world, thanks for being with us. This Monday a peace plan for Afghanistan. If true that's a welcome headline after seventeen years of war, though. There is reason to be skeptical. A peace plan is what the US special envoy for Afghanistan is talking about right now. Zalmay Khalilzad have been negotiating with the Taliban for months today. He said, the Trump administration and Taliban leaders have agreed on a framework for peace. Meanwhile, Ashraf Ghani president of the US backed Afghan government is not ready to celebrate yet. What? I'll Degen the Taliban has to choice as president Ghani said earlier today in a televised address either. They sit down for talks with the Afghan government or continue working for Afghanistan's enemies, the world syringe afar has been following the story and his with me laid out for Aaron what has been agreed to. And what is yet to be worked out these latest rounds of talk Michael has been taking place in Qatar the Persian Gulf country. That's because the Taliban has a political office in Doha and the US on the Taliban spent six days hashing out this framework that has on my father's odd is now talking about and something that the Taliban seems to have agreed on demand from the US that the Taliban would not allow extremists groups to use Afghanistan the territory to launch attacks against the US in the future. Right. And this was the strong belief back in two thousand one that Osama bin Laden had been given access to the mountains of Afghanistan. Dan to plan attacks against the US, including the nine eleven attack. But how can the Taliban guarantee that they can keep extremists from using Afghanistan is staging base, right? And that's one of the key issues. And there are so many details that still need to be worked out. So I run down the list of things that were discussed at this meeting in Doha Taliban. Sources have said that there was an agreement that foreign troops believe Afghanistan within eighteen months. I haven't seen that confirmed from the US side. So I'm not sure about that. Then there was the point of what role the Taliban will play in Afghanistan after the US leaves. Then there's the question of prisoner exchange. The Taliban would release some prisoners in exchange for US doing the same thing. And that was also debated. Yeah. I mean, those are some really complex questions and that last one any idea who those prisoners might be exchanged for we don't know for sure. But there were two men one American. And one Austrailian who were abducted in Kabul in two thousand sixteen and the employees of the American University of Afghanistan, so they could be released in exchange for Taliban prisoners. So we've been talking about what the Taliban in the US have been negotiating. But so far, no mention the Afghan government. Why not? Yeah. So and that's really crucial point, Michael. So the Taliban's position has always been that it will not negotiate with the Afghan government. It says Afghan government was put in place by the Americans and other foreign powers, and so it's not a legitimate government. And that's why they were not present at these talks, and frankly, the Afghans feel sidelined the US special envoys all my holidays was back in Kabul this weekend to brief Ashraf Ghani, the president about what was discussed in gutter and today in his speech Ashraf Ghani said that you know, we do want peace, but it has to be done in a thoughtful bay. What exactly are the Afghans worried about? Okay. So when the Taliban was in power in the nineteen nineties it plays some of the harshest most oppressive rules on women. It also has killed thousands and thousands of Afghans. You know, the the basically has blood on its hands. And so just imagine all of the sudden the US is telling Afghans that we are going to make peace with the Taliban. And by the way, we are just gonna leave in a short amount of time. I mean that doesn't make Afghans feel very confidence. Yeah. And so you get reactions like the one I got for Mary Akram issues, the prominent women's rights activist. This is this is not acceptable. That's. One woman from wanna son. I was witnessed of all unreal. Constantly the hand that we give them an award the taller one that you're coming. Want peace with us must go to him. That is problem. Wow. Mary akrami. There's sounds really unhappy about all this. Yeah. She doesn't see things really working out in favor of Afghans and specially Afghan women so overall there are a lot of concerns among Afghans about these talks are leading and just to be clear. The Afghans want peace to they have too many family members, friends neighbors, they want peace too. But they say they don't want this to be rushed. And they don't want their country to be thrown into chaos after the US leaves a framework for peace in Afghanistan. But with lots of caveats world and Jafari thank you. You're welcome Marco recovering from war is a generational struggle anywhere. Certainly the story for so many families from Syria. Waffle Moustapha is a twenty eight year old from Syria. Her father is missing the war force WAFA to leave her home country. She's now in Berlin. But she still wants to know what happened to her. Other Berlin-based reporter Holly young has spent time with WAFA in the German capital. And she and I spoke about WAFA story. I I met WAFA at one of the rallies over group called families for freedom. They are a group of families who are related to people who have been forcibly disappeared in Syria and are campaigning for this to be recognized. And this is a cause that is personal for WAFA describe the scene at one of these rallies. Protests in Berlin that WAFA stages with other Syrian refugees. So this group takes part in lots of different types of rallies, and one of these I met WAFA was at the Brandenburg Gate and very busy touristy spot in the center of Berlin, family members of the disappeared were kind of standing around in a circle and each of them holding a framed picture of.
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"In its second week in theaters. You're listening to the latest from NBC News Radio. The husband a former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle giffords is report. Actively considering a run for Senate Tom Roberts has the story. Political reports navy veteran and former astronaut Mark Kelly is laying the groundwork to run as a democrat in the twenty twenty special election to replace the late Senator John McCain Republican Martha mcsally has been appointed to the seat on an interim basis. A source has Kelly has already met with the incoming chair of the democratic senatorial campaign committee. Tom Roberts NBC News Radio. The Taliban says it will hold talks to in the seventeen year war with the US next month, but won't talk with the Afghan government. A spokesman for the Taliban said the talks with American representatives will be held in Saudi Arabia in January. The group has said that any talks with the western back, Afghan government won't take place until an agreement is I reached with the us. President Trump is reportedly considering a pullout of troops from the war-torn nation. Teachers are quitting their jobs at alarming rates Bill. Hewlett takes a look the Wall Street Journal looked at data from the department of labor and found that eighty three of every ten thousand public education employees resigned in the first ten. Months of two thousand eighteen that is the highest since labor began compiling those statistics in two thousand one many say they're leaving because of low salaries and poor working conditions. Teachers in six states this year staged protests as state legislatures cutback funding for education to deal with the great recession. Phil Hulett NBC News Radio. Facebook says it sorry after banning evangelist Franklin Graham from its website for twenty four hours last week, the Charlotte observer reports the company claimed it was a mistake to Bain Graham over twenty sixteen post he made and for temporarily removing that posed the company said one person in its content review team decided the post violated Facebook's policy that bans dehumanizing language. The post in question was about rocker Bruce Springsteen canceling and North Carolina concert over that state's effort to limit bathroom choice for transgender people. John Jeffreys NBC News Radio a part of the program..
"afghan government" Discussed on 106.1 FM WTKK
"A multibillion dollar industry. So we we are creating. Sector of our economy this dependent upon military action. Now, there's nothing stopping anyone from just leaving Afghanistan. I mean, the Europeans are trying to support the Afghan government. We're trying to the Afghan government. And we truly feel that we're making a difference. If only just in the massive amount of money were pushing into the country, but it doesn't make it safe for tariff-free. So we have very very few troops in Afghanistan has in fact, we have more troops in the continent of Africa. Let me do Afghanistan, but it is is a sore spot. You know, it's a constant Vietnam era reminder that don't seem to win these colonial wars if you wanna call them that and everybody gets angry because why we there why are we spending money, so depending on our foreign policy, we either helping the poorest countries on earth rise up from chaos or just creating chaos, and I'm not sure Robert that we have an exit plan or if we even. Want one? Well, there isn't. I mean, if you know the seven stages of warfare, it's not like World War Two where you land on the beach, and you go to the capital and you take down the flag that that type of warfare as long gone. We have multidimensional war in which we can function quite well. In chaotic societies peaceful societies, and we can shift government's the way we want them to. So a lot of people don't realize that you know, we have our military well over one hundred countries, and we are involved in terms of intelligence and funding and aid in almost every country on earth. So we are trying to push the needle whether it's North Korea or Afghanistan or Yemen or Congo, in some way, shape or form that may not be as visible with Afghanistan. What about Iraq? What's the situation there? Now, we went in there and ninety one then we went back in two thousand three men were still there too. Well, yeah, we kinda screwed up. So we launched a war that shouldn't have been launched because we told people there were weapons of mass destruction meaning nuclear weapons, and we'd already been there for ten years in new there weren't we then. Stabilized or recreated the country after we destabilized it. And then now the Iranians basically, run Iraq. So we kinda wanted lost at the same time. And now, we have a mess in Syria, which is right next door. We have Kurdistan which wants to be independent, and we have Iran. We have we have our feet in a in a sort of a quagmire.
"afghan government" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Morning edition from NPR news good morning I'm. David green Stevens keep the head of the Islamic state in, Afghanistan was killed in a US air strike over the weekend which was welcome news for the United States and also for. The Taliban for a different. Reason the war in Afghanistan, is now America's longest it has lasted seventeen. Years at about fifteen thousand, American, soldiers Are there now to support Afghanistan's government forces maybe no American soldier knows this battleground better, than army General John Nicholson for just a, few more days, he is the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. And he spoke with Rachel Martin from Kabul about his outlook for the country describing more and more, Afghans calling for peace now you've got civil society peace activists women's groups the political opposition truly. Universal call for peace and to some extent the Taliban responsive to that and most recently and the message from the Taliban Aamir he, referred to. A specific paragraph on negotiations with. The United. States and he talked. About an end to the war through political negotiation so these kinds of messages coming from the Taliban our, new and we've not seen those before in the seventeen years of war but critics will point. To that is the problem that the Taliban. Right now is in peace talks with the US government not Not directly. With the Afghan government I. Spoke with former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker a couple of. Weeks ago and I wanna play a clip from that interview. What it does is put the Taliban really. On a if not a legal plane with the. United States certainly symbolically they are talking about the American withdrawal circumstances of that, withdrawal we are there at the invitation of. The Afghan government they're not, in the, room so, if we withdraw to whom do we hand, this over to is, it a problem that the. Afghan government is not involved in these talks the US has been clear that this will lead to an Afghan led peace, process we've been very clear that we are here on a condition. Spaces indeed I think this is one of the, factors that's, brought us to this point this is what has created some of. The diplomatic pressure that is got the Taliban willing to begin this peace process we'd like see, lowering violence we'd like to, see Hey reconciliation. Between the Taliban and the. Afghan Gummer said they resolve their differences politically we'd like to see? The Taliban renounced their connections Jolla Kaieda these are some of the demands that? Have been discussed in past years and I think these are some of the things. That'll be discussed going forward earlier this month a suicide bomber went. Into, a building in Kabul where students were preparing to take university exams he blew. Himself up and killed dozens of those students you know this very well but this wasn't the Taliban this was ISIS. They're not party to these. Peace talks at all Right so that's one of the important reasons why. We're still in Afghanistan and this is to, maintain pressure on these terrorist groups that threaten not. Only the Afghans? But? The region, and, the entire. World so ISIS Al Qaeda and nineteen other terrorist groups are operating in this region one. Of the reasons are able to operate is because the Taliban provide an environment that is friendly for them so you have to create an incentive for the Taliban to, put, pressure on these insurgent groups the Taliban cooperate with some of these groups. They. Put pressure on some of these groups so their concern we. Have is the recruiting that goes on we do see members moved between, the groups so ISIS k. did not exist three years ago what's the case Dan I'm sorry. Cores I'm province so ISIS in the core is on and they recruited from some of these. Other groups so the degree to which we can reconcile. With these other groups get, them to lay down their. Arms and rejoin. Society reduces the recruiting pool and reduces the environ Within which groups can grow do you think the Afghan security forces will ever, be capable of making that happen or. Is the, US going to have. To have a military presence on the ground. There indefinitely first off this is the highest concentration of terrorist groups anywhere in the world and the Afghantistan Pakistan. Region Secondly this is where the terrorist attacks on our homeland emanated from the Afghan security forces, are incredibly brave and courageous they need our, help though this is a tough fight we've. Seen progress in the last couple of years in particular the. Growth of their Cayenne special forces the growth, of their air force and these two components taken. Together or making? A? Significant difference, on, the battlefield. They're doing over half of the air strikes themselves for example I would also add the. Reforms are doing internally the retiring of older officers professionalizing of their force it's a new army it didn't exist when the war began and really it's an army began Building and Ernest back in. Two thousand eight nine at the beginning of their. Bomb administration, army General John Nicholson commander of US forces in. Afghanistan he is set to leave his post there. In a matter of. Days general thank you so much for. Talking with, us thank you Rachel Twitter. Announced last night that, it found more bogus accounts that are linked to Iran. Two hundred eighty four accounts were suspended for engaging in what Twitter. Called a coordinated manipulation another four hundred eighty six accounts were taken down in the. Past week for violating. Twitter policies here's NPR's jasmine guy it's a familiar tactic fake social media accounts that, take up a polarizing issue many Americans genuinely care about and publish false news and inflammatory commentary, one of the suspected account, said, that the FBI was blackmailing President Trump another post read the exact moment America stop being great above a picture of President Trump being sworn in Twitter says many of the accounts were found to have, originated in, Iran since the two thousand sixteen election social. Media platforms like Facebook Twitter and Google have been under intense scrutiny over various. Privacy fake news scandals this year executives from. All three comes Have even testified before congress. Each of them promised to take steps to stop malicious activity in July Twitter suspended several million. Fake and automated accounts. And in the past, week Facebook and Twitter have each either suspended or banned. Accounts many again linked to Iran but some critics say it's small. Actions to appease the outrage in a recent interview with NBC news Twitter CEO Jack. Dorsey promised to keep. The effort going I think there will always be a threat of people trying to, distract and distort the conversation and especially around major events like election so we have to take, this into consideration ongoing now, Dorsey, scheduled to testify before congress on September fifth on Twitter's content in moderation policies jasmine Gars NPR news New York This is NPR news, at five twenty nine we take you back. To Joe McConnell's desk now for another look. At your ride to work this. Tuesday morning Joe Levy troubles and Daly city Matt, onto eighty southbound south of John Daley boulevard with a. Couple of SUV's off the, road so they're not. Blocking anything at the moment I was seventeen southbound at. The summit report of a car's bumper in the left lane in the, north bay, Napa road at one Twenty-one report. 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"afghan government" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"The the taliban have been making inroads ever since and you you recall last week i was telling you that the the afghan government have announced a unilateral ceasefire for the end of ramadan which is coming up the the aid adolf hitler the taliban have decided to go ahead and reciprocate and promise ceasefires well but but but in the meantime on the ground it's almost as if nato is not there anymore you know again it is a nato mission the international security assistance force i s i is safe isaf or as as americans call it i saw americans fighting the the rest of nato have really toned down their commitment and we're not even pushing him on the commitment anymore it really is a backwater and oddly enough we have more combat power aimed at syria which is a non mitch this is a mission that's not actually supposed to exist but we have more combat power in syria backing up the syrian defence forces and the syrian kurds we have artillery on the ground with very very loose rules of engagement you know fighting a war the way should be fought frankly on the ground there in syria meanwhile in afghanistan american forces besides airpower are really not going out the field and fighting we have less than twenty thousand americans in afghanistan and you know.
"afghan government" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Yeah i mean the afghan conflict is in increasingly complex the taliban on any group we've seen a number of significant attacks this year in particular the attack we had on the lamer which was launched by so even in even with a ceasefire between the taliban and the afghan government we might see violent we would hope to see violence levels drop considerably but it doesn't mean an end to all violence there are many other groups operating within the country do you think there's any danger that the ceasefire won't happen there are always dangers i think that you know there are spoilers on all sides of this conflict there are concerns among the taliban that they are sort of on the on the front their on the offensive and they don't want to lose the gist masih of the foot soldiers so we need to be really cautious leading up to it i think any breach on either side in terms of over excessive use of force even on the pretext of maybe targeting either a foreign force or isis could could disrupt the balance and could meet the ceasefire might not be implemented and any other thing to take into account is that the taliban even though there is a chain of command they do send out instructions to that various factions on the ground it's not monolithic and so we shouldn't rule out the option that one particular strands of the taliban the particular area may not actually up hold the ceasefire emily just very quickly before we go might this lead to a more permanent suspension of hostilities i mean i think that's what everyone's hoping and i always say i i like to be proved wrong on these things i don't expect that this is going to lead at this stage to a more prolonged ceasefire all or indeed a peace process but it's definitely part of some early confidencebuilding measures which are a fundamental part of any any potential peace process in the future.
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"Soon after that statement however an explosion went off it was a suicide bomber attack killed fourteen people including some of the clerics at the gathering and later on monday in kandahar another religious scholar was assassinated joey faisal is a former official spokesperson for the afghan government and is now running for office in kandahar we reached him today in kabul this is a i want to start with the bombing yesterday in kabul at the ulama council what have you heard about how the suicide bomber was able to get into that gathering he blew himself outside like in the first door at the gathering that was a time when people were coming out would you know about who did it tells about the the attack as long as we knew it in the experience that we have from the past upset the talks it is that taliban in their affiliates in associates are behind such attacks enough honest on yesterday had a message of peace the were telling todd another groups to join peace in the declared the war on islamic in on human in honest on but these terrorists these extreme groups the don't want the right message of islam or piece to be gone out to the people of autism now it seems that islam state has claimed responsibility for this bombing in kabul and and this was just this happens just as you just mentioned as the clerics were issuing this oughta against these kinds of attacks against suicide bombs why would why was that fatwa being issued yesterday it tells about that all these groups the twenty two rooks groups the are all against peace they are misusing the message of islam there's no place for war and killing innocent people in his lamp about the bringing that wrong message up your to the people so when the reduced truce colors when those troops clerks who are preaching the true islam to the people enough honest on those targeted in these extreme groups cannot tolerate those people giving the right message to the people did the clerics did they suspect or worried.
"afghan government" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Do we know that there have been contacts and discussions between the taliban and the afghan government for years is there any common ground between the taliban and the afghan government at the moment i mean i think you know from a western perspective we always tend to see the taliban afghan government as kind of two sides good afghan government bad taliban black white the reality of the afghan conflict is a lot more complex you know this is a sensually a complex civil war so there are commonalities on both sides it's not that everyone in the afghan government doesn't share some of the talibans more articulated ideological standpoints and the same time it's not everyone in the taliban has been committed to ongoing outright confident we know there have been elements within the taliban over the years that have wanted to enter into a peace process but essentially for me the time isn't there i don't i just don't see that there is the kind of momentum or the lack of momentum on the taliban sides to actually enter into a peace process oestroem use the taleban at the moment having again it's quite often quite hard to assess this i mean it was interesting in the teddy conference that general nicholson pointed to something like thirty percent drop in violence in recent months again ib that skeptically we need to look at other figures that have been released you nama and its nature civilian casualties reports are pointed to similar levels of civilian casualties in two thousand eighteen in the first few months two thousand eighteen in comparison to thousand seventeen in two thousand sixteen so clearly the levels of violence is still high seghal the specials vet degenerate for afghanistan and its report pointed to areas of the country increasingly under taliban or.
"afghan government" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Of the current situation that are different and some of your the of the people you interviewed mentioned him um one of them is that president ghani has assembled a very large international coalition that you mentioned 25 nations and organizations to whom he addressed this speech uh with who will support his position uh i think that they're yugai forget despite all the difficulties the afghan government's discussions with pakistan actually have advanced to some extent and let's see what pakistan has been saying for years is we don't want to put a lot of pressure on the taleban that might lead them to fight us if it's just to get them to a meeting they don't know what's going to happen they have been asking the us and afghan government to makes the taliban a very good offer in which case parkistan will try to get them to accept it now president ghani has actually done that now so as you're sherry are mentioned that there were some such trucks so it's possible now that pakistan are we prepared to use pressure to get the taliban to accept that offer i might note that they've also reached out themselves they had an open letter reason i wrote my open letters to answer their open letter to the american people calling for dialogue and in just a few minutes ago i received their response to myo for butter so apparently they're very much interested in political dialogues right now even though they are still publicly rejecting the idea of talking to the afghan government that's really interesting they responded directly to won't you've had published in the new yorker yes they sent out an answer on twitter right and and give give us a more detail while they serve they said you want us to talk to the afghan government which is imposed on us he said maybe you feel differently if you're if your country had been invaded by foreigners in your costly bombardment and people being killed and so on but our country is different from all other sources for you know something like that i said they didn't really answer some of my specific uh arguments about how to solve the problem but i i sent a reply on twitter and i said okay we've both made our opening statements now can we solve the problem on what are your back how fast can that says in essence not how.
"afghan government" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"To us national interests and collapse on the afghan side of the durand line could create base camps in afghanistan by which militants in pakistan might pursue an agenda that is potentially quite dangerous the united states although that's a real problem for us to that that would require a whole series of uncertain events breaking badly for us in sequence the us counterinsurgency campaign in afghanistan would have to fail the afghan government would have to fall pakistani insurgents would have to set up base camps that would have to tip the pakistani insurgency over the break the pakistan government and intelligence services breakup they lose control their nuclear arsenal in one gets youth that's not an impossible sequence of events the compound probability is pro probably less than fifty percent and may be a lot less than fifty percent if it happened it would be a disaster for us interests of historic magnitude but it's a low probability chain of events what then are we willing to invest in afghanistan to have some marginal influenced not a guarantee of success if we succeed in afghanistan pakistan might lose the tour anyway to have some marginal influence and reducing the likelihood of this chain of bad advance going badly and that's a judgement call that reasonable people can make differently in the past i've been supportive of the war because i think low probability events if they're ugly an of in this one is way up there in the ugly skill or worth some degree of investment reasonable people can make that judgment call differently depending on your risk tolerance which is an analyst i can't tell you what your risk tolerance should be some of you were probably invested in the stock market some of you may be washington that's fans so that there are all sorts of variations from person to person and risk tall what i can tell you is i think on the merits it's a relatively close call if you decide that you're willing to encode at risk or you're willing to to include a cost to reduce that risk what is the sensible way to reduce the risk the most for the money that we spend part of the plausible policy agenda open to us at the moment is reinforcements to the advisory effort and a change in the rules of engagement for the.
"afghan government" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Afghans being more effective in the ability it will recall integrate combined arms that is the artillery and air support they need to be successful in their maneuver can i don't of one thing as a separate question i think that most americans don't appreciate the difference between these transnational terrorists that operate out of afghanistan that we're trying to constantly disrupt and the taliban and how that's a completely different type of terrorist organization that's more focused on regional impact have the rules of engagement changed for the taliban as part of this change the rules of the gains with engagement whoever they only change for the multinational a terrorist organisations congressman when we the authority that there's been passed down through the commander by the president is that any individual or any group the threatens the afghan government threatens our mission threatened jewish forces or threatens the coalition can be engaged in shorts based on their behavior in what they're doing as opposed to with group the report of so our special forces will seek out members of the taliban if we believe there engage in special operations forces will seek groups or individuals that are actually threatening the mission or or people okay thank you very much a you'll back thank you miss jim you we have now gone through all of the members who were here at the gabba and we have already held a secretary in the chairman longer than we had intended so what i wanna do to wind up is see if the remaining members have won fifteen seconds question that we have not addressed yet and i want to get them all out together and then give secretary in the chairman of chance to wind this up his chinese did you have something that we have not yet touched on you do okay fifteen seconds thanking his shaming i'd like to thank both of you for being here thanks for allowing us to conduct i oversight obligations atbat mostly thank you for reminding us that we have our own constitutional obligation and adams to support raise maintain our armed forces and as often as you can add this notion of the fbi cia the extent to which the b c as damaging asked we are in a position where i am completely dismayed as a new member of congress at the extent to which there is agreement about the damage the.
"afghan government" Discussed on 1A
"We think we can fail were predecessors sorry we think we can succeed where our predecessors failed because we have a government that wants to succeed in is on our side see paul i wonder about the aspect of it sounds like the us might have areas of agreement with the afghan with afghan government but the us didn't get into afghanistan because of just the afghan government we got into afghanistan because you know nineteen people flew planes into buildings and killed thousands of americans like the taliban is the reason why americans were invested in fighting in afghanistan and it sounds paul to me like we're far we're just as far from that is we ever were i mean we may be able to make headway with the afghan government but if the taliban is determined to wait us out where does this go with us athena taliban aren't going anywhere an afghanistan is not a homogeneous nation will you have the taliban on one side and everybody else on the other because his gut was banks and tajiks and and that the capitals always felt sort of disconnected from the rest of the country and if you look back to before nine eleven if if alqaeda we've been kicked out of afghanistan than the the rule of the taliban was actually being ignored by the west i mean hillary clinton to accredit was talking about women's rights were biological messiah will you know it's just a cutting back water nothing's going on they left the taliban to get on with it so the taliban are not going to go away because they are the afghan people they're not isis in off all of them foreigners coming in from outside when i remember going down to southern afghanistan just off to kabul fell.
"afghan government" Discussed on POLITICO's Nerdcast
"Just in terms of afghanistan do we have a sense from what the president said and from your conversations with you know defense officials what the longterm strategy will be and also how they will measure whether or not they have been successful so i i think the key uh look the longterm answer almost certainly is that you have some kind of reconciliation deal basically a peace deal uh between the afghan government and the taliban which the us could either explicitly or implicitly be party to will also involve uh pakistan india its very complicated puzzle to put together uh trump in his speech kind of flicked it that didn't seem very excited about the idea said it's a possibility uh but we'll see uh but i think that if you talk to the policy experts who have been doing this for a long time they understand you're never going to crush the taliban the taliban is not an army this going to surrender i mean it's a you know it said a heavily ethnic and regionallybased insurgency uh it's a population of people uh who are showing who who have been fighting through generations um you hear stories about households where you know their five children in one after another they go off to battle in they get killed in their kalashnikov comes back in the next son goes often fights in he dies in the next one goes end a so it's probably a very unsatisfying reconciliation.
"afghan government" Discussed on PBS NewsHour
"Some day after an effective military effort perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the taliban in afghanistan but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen america will continue its support for the afghan government and the afghan military as they confront the taliban in the field ultimately it is up to the people of afghanistan to take ownership of their future to govern their society and to achieve an ever lasting peace we are a partner and a friend but we will not dictate to the afghan people how to live or how to govern their own complex society we are not nationbuilding again we are killing terrorists the next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with pakistan we can no longer be silent about pakistan safe havens for terrorist organizations the taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond pakistan has much to game from partnering with our effort in afghanistan it has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists in the past pakistan has been a valued partner our militaries have worked together against common enemies the pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism we recognize those contributions and those sacrifices but pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people we have been paying pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting.
"afghan government" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"So here at cobo at their peak there are also in a boat so far neither still waiting for a strategy out walk aitken bit edgy they take come at any time you up eight currently colder straight before we have happened um and so they could get your kitchen hey mr usual dear trading afghan keeps a close picked up a counterterrorist mission thing that both uh uh i did glow as a long extinct targets here uh in the meantime uh what they're hope de uh is that the threat of jr will not so much change their broader mission here which focused most young hiring you help enough kim's um but will simply uh allow them to do a better job a cut mission uh general mattis says we're not winning missile flown i said this morning the taliban now holds more territory in afghanistan that at any time since nine eleven the fall of two thousand one when the us windy in what is the the state of the conflict right now refused to way back josh is the us losing are the is the afghan government losing ground is taliban why would think stand i can't live or on the stage area coalition light declared kaunda itchy over here capturing a scary have important have certainly struggled to eighty thousand a territory that had iggy uh by the by the surgery are upset were structure presidental bomb ongoing so for a couple of years of the taliban have certainly be uh on the offensive in most cases and according to of unique yes set the the us butch otter out.