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Kerry’s ‘Mission Impossible’ in Kabul

Posted by seumasach on July 11, 2014

“To be sure, Iran has taken a transparent and helpful stance. The Obama administration ought to take note that Iran could be its ‘natural ally’ as regards the stabilization of the Afghan situation.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

11th July, 2014

To be at two different places at the same time is humanly impossible — even for a US secretary of state. John Kerry took off from Beijing no sooner than the two day US-China Strategic Dialogue got over and arrived in Kabul early Friday morning on a dicey mission to mediate the results of the Afghan runoff, but then, he is badly needed in Vienna in the weekend for a far more crucial diplomatic mission, namely, to explore how to salvage a nuclear deal with Iran amidst speculation that the going’s got tough in the P5+1 and Iran negotiations

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Obama decides on Afghan troop level

Posted by seumasach on May 28, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th May, 2014

The US president Barack Obama has made up his mind about the American troop presence in Afghanistan beyond end-2014. The figure is 9800. But the figure will come down by half by the end of next year and by end-2016, all troops will have been withdrawn, leaving only the security squads that ensure the protection of the American embassy. (Reuters). 

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Karzai supports Russia over Crimea

Posted by seumasach on March 25, 2014

Moving Finger writes Afghan future, and ‘having writ, Moves on’

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th March, 2014

 

On the face of it, Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s endorsement of the right of self-determination of the people of Crimea does not come as surprise because the principle is important to Kabul in its application to the Pashtuns who live on the Pakistani side of the Durand Line (which Afghanistan never recognized). But, having said that, Karzai is not a one-dimensional man.

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US now backing down on Afghan security agreement

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014

Obama and Karzai agree to part ways

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

The US president Barack Obama’s telephone call to Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Tuesday is a rare happening, given the poor equations between the two leaders, and it was intended to flag a ‘turning point’ in the White House’s strategy for the period beyond 2014. It comes just before an important NATO meeting at defence minister level in Brussels and at a time when for the first time the majority opinion among the American public has begun casting doubts on the raison d’etre of the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

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Afghanistan: The USSR left, the US wants to stay

Posted by seumasach on February 16, 2014

Pepe Escobar

RT

15th February, 2014

Just before noon on Feb. 16, 25 years ago, Lieut. Gen. Boris Gromov, top Soviet commander in Afghanistan, solemnly walked across the Friendship Bridge over the Amu Darya River into Uzbekistan. He uttered the words: “Our 9-year stay ends with this.”

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Karzai denounces US presence

Posted by seumasach on February 3, 2014

Karzai sees ‘no good’ with US presence in Afghanistan

PressTV

3rd February, 2014

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he has seen “no good” with the presence of American forces in his country, prompting further speculations of a breakdown of trust between Kabul and Washington.

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Fallujah’s lessons for Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on January 11, 2014

M.K.bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

8th January, 2014

The stunning occupation of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar province by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Lebanon over the weekend carries grim warnings for Afghanistan. Yet, it is important that the lessons learnt should be the correct ones.

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Iran opposes US-Afghan security pact

Posted by seumasach on December 4, 2013

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

4th December, 2013

The Iranian Foreign Ministry statement on Tuesday advising Kabul not to proceed with the signing of the proposed status of forces agreement [SOFA] with Washington leading to the establishment of the American and NATO military bases in Afghanistan comes at a defining moment.

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A windfall Afghan exit strategy for Obama

Posted by seumasach on November 26, 2013

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

26th November, 2013

The tough-talking, no-nonsense US National Security Advisor Susan Rice met her match at the presidential palace in Kabul Monday evening over a “working dinner”. One would have loved to be a fly on the wall. But there was no need, because no sooner than the pomegranates and grapes were eaten after the rich meal of pilav and kebabs and Rice reported back to Washington her conversation with President Hamid Karzai, which lasted several hours, the White house released a curtly worded readout on what transpired.

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Breakthrough in Afghan peace process

Posted by seumasach on October 31, 2013

The role of the US bases remains unclear. I would expect the SCO to play a major role in stabilising Afghanistan but perhaps there is an as yet undeclared US-Russian agreement here.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

30th October, 2013

There has been swift follow-up on the talks in Washington on September 23 between President Barack Obama and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding the urgency of kickstarting the peace talks with the Taliban. The meeting in London earlier today hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron brought together Sharif and the Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which is leading to a breakthrough.

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David Cameron: Talks with Taliban should have begun a decade ago

Posted by seumasach on June 29, 2013

“Details of Britain’s potential long-term role emerged during Mr Cameron’s visit. He backed up the view of Lieutenant-General Nick Carter, deputy commander of Nato’s forces, who said earlier today that the west should have opened political talks with the Taliban a decade ago.”

Now they tell us!

Telegraph

29th June, 2013

The Prime Minister, on a visit to the country to mark Armed Forces Day, said the settlement put in place after the Allied invasion in 2001, which drove the Taliban out of power, “could have been better arranged.”

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