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Taliban say no peace with 'occupation;' want U.S. talks

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"From 1996 until 2001, the Taliban ruled in accordance with a harsh interpretation of Islamic law. Women were barred from education and largely confined to their homes, and the country hosted Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida."

They should never be allowed to hold power again.

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@Serrano

It is not for anyone else to say. It was outside interference that started the whole disaster to begin with.

In 1977 Afghanistan was transforming itself into an enlightened, modern and democratic society until President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski decided to arm the Pashtuns (now known as the Taliban) to lure the Soviet Union into the country to give Moscow its own Vietnam.

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They should never be allowed to hold power again.

That’s an issue for the people of Afghanistan.

The disastrous war and occupation of the country wasn’t a great idea, was it?

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We may not like or agree with the conservative Muslims, but it isn't our country, to do with as we please, it is their country. As repugnant as are the Taliban, they did not cooperate with bin Laden in his attacks on the US. The US could have swept aside the Afghan military, surrounded bin Laden at Tora Bora, destroyed him, and then left. We did not have to occupy the country.

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As the Afgans say the west has clocks but we have time.

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Either you believe that women have the right to an education or not. To the Taliban, women who can read are dangerous.

Women have the right to choose their clothing or not.

Women can choose their own way in life or not.

That's right, this site is for Japan, where female doctors have their entrance scores lowered. Sorry. Forgot. Pardon me. I'm wrong.

Taliban have problems. Smart women scare them.

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Why is the U.S. still meddling around in that region? 17 years?

The troops all need to come home.

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17 years and still can not figure out a way to win. Not very comforting.

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Under the Taliban, training camps for terrorism flourished in Afghanistan because the Taliban "government" didn't care or were capable enough to do anything about it. The US demanded the Taliban remove that specific problem from their country as it affected the US and other countries around the world. OBL was suspected to be located in the country, but was found in Pakistan which isn't too far a stretch since those countries share a border and it would be no problem for OBL to bounce between both countries as he saw fit.

If the Taliban had shown enough gumption and power to remove the issue the US had (Afghanistan being a safe haven for terrorist organizations), the US would not have gone there and been situated in the first place.

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The Taliban are useless, and only desire to control Afghanistan through strict religious dictate. They use the excuse of "occupation" and colonization (which is not happening) to justify that they're fighting for the "right" reasons.

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Both the British and Russians left Afghanistan with their tail between their legs at different points in history.  America will eventually do the same.  If the world's mightiest armed force in history has not been able to defeat the Taliban in 17 years what on earth are they doing over there?  Just like Iraq (we've turned a corner), the US has invaded a country and now cannot find a way out.  For a "peace loving" country the US sure does start a lot of unjustified wars.  The USA: perpetually at war.

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From 1996 until 2001, the Taliban ruled in accordance with a harsh interpretation of Islamic law. Women were barred from education and forced to wear the all-encompassing burka whenever they left their homes, and the country hosted Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.

And destroyed historical statues of the Buddha

They should never be allowed to hold power again.

That’s an issue for the people of Afghanistan.

But not at the muzzle of a Kalashnikov. Remember that's how they gained power the first time at the turn of the century.

Here's a question: does anybody think they will change?

surrounded bin Laden at Tora Bora, destroyed him

The US couldn't even do this, so that's a no-go already

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