Posted by: Lister | May 9, 2007

Afghan ceasefire offer?

Afghan MPs demand end to military offensives. They want to open negotiations with Afghan members of the Taliban, drawing a distinction between them and al-Qaeda and other foreign fighters.

The draft law also called for international forces to end military operations unless they were attacked or had first consulted with the Afghan army, government or police.

[…] The parliamentary bill passed by the upper house today needs to be approved by the lower house and signed by Mr Karzai before becoming law.

The government needs the good will of the people, something not likely to be won through stories like:

Yesterday, the US military apologised and paid compensation to the families of the 19 people killed and 50 wounded by US marines who fired indiscriminately on civilians after being hit by a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan in March.




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