June 3rd, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Watch the jirga attack unfold

Within minutes of President Hamid Karzai addressing the 1,600 delegates at the peace jirga he called to deabte how best to negotiate with the Taliban, a rocket whistled in. More explosions followed. One of the rockets landed by a wall just a few hundred meters from the flimsy peace jirga tents. Gun battles erupted a few miles away in Kabul.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility; it appears to be their response to any talks of peace.

The Taliban aren't the only ones distancing themselves from the talks. Last year's Afghan presidential runner-up Abdullah Abdullah turned down his invitation, calling the jirga unrepresentative and more public relations than peace making.

Former Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, who has done time in Gitmo, says the real problem is the jirga has no power to address the Taliban's biggest grievance: "The occupation, the presence of Americans and their bases and their allies - this is the main problem. ... They are not talking abut the main problem ... how are they encouraging the Taliban."

Officials promise despite the Taliban attack, the jirga will go its full three days. But already many are wondering what difference it will make.

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  3. paolo

    No peace possible with the Taliban. The only thing they understand is death.

    June 7, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Berserk

    No wonder the Taliban are angry, they didn't even get an invite.

    However, makes you wonder, proper procedures would be for the bodyguards to hastily escort the head of state out of the tent to safety... He didn't even seem surprised and calmly assured everyone – not to worry. Fishy.

    June 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Omar

    A tent..How can there be any hope for people that still live in the dark ages?

    June 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Danny commonsense

    Afganistan will never be a democracy. Democracy is the natural conclusion of society, and its long ordeals. Its the only conclusion of society. It is the conclusion of petty rebellion, regicide, woman throwning themselves under horses and science. At the end of the day it comes from saying "no, not everyone believes this" and "this isnt true" and so "we cannot possibly live under medieval scriptures". Your talking about an entirely iliterate society, where suicide bombers can not even read the quran they give their lives up for. Afgans simply are not ready. A few hundred years times? Who knows? They have got to trust us, we actually are trying to improve their lot in life. At the moment, they cant even spell 'trust'.

    June 6, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. JR

    I believe the Taliban are in it for the blood shed and the fear of the Afghan people. Also I strongly think that every news channel along with their reporters, need to shut up about any and all measures we take in this war. As long as you continue to keep this type of information flowing in the media, Taliban leaders will continually know our every footstep. THANKS.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. omar

    Talibans are not humans, they are the enemy of humanity. Since humans are created by God, the enemy of humanity is the enemy of God. Wild Animals are better than Talibans. I wish the roots of these people are destroyed and our people live in peace and freedom.

    June 5, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. rik

    The main problem for the Taliban is the occupation? Yes that is the problem because without it they would resume power and take Afghanistan back to the middle ages and being a terrorist training ground again.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jimmy

    This shows you the true face of the Islamic extreemers! Same as the Hamas and Hisbulla in Israel – They are all leyers who just want to destroy any good intention of human kind. All these Islamic movements have only one thing in mind. Don't trust them!

    June 4, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |