August 3rd, 2011
07:42 AM ET

Questions linger in Afghan peace process

Islamabad, Pakistan - Top diplomats from the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan claim to be gaining ground with plans to reach a peace deal with the Afghan Taliban, but revealed little about their progress.

The trio of diplomats met here in the federal capital on Tuesday for the fourth meeting of the so-called Corp Group, established to map out a political settlement between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban, a strategy Washington now supports.

However, Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister said Kabul has yet to establish contact with key leaders of the Taliban.

"We have a pretty good understanding of the Taliban leadership," Jawed Ludin said. "`We need to identify who we can reconcile and how, and convince them to join the process. That¹s the challenge."

The pace of the reconciliation process signals a potentially lengthy and complicated road that could add to concerns about security in Afghanistan and U.S. troop reductions that began last month.

In June, U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans to reduce the roughly 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan by 10,000 this year and another 20,000 by September 2012.

A senior Pakistani military official said Washington was making overly positive assumptions about Kabul¹s ability to maintain security in Afghanistan with reduced U.S. troop levels while striking a deal with the Taliban.

"Will there be good governance?" said the official, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. "You can train 300 or 400,000 soldiers in a short time, but will the Afghan National Army have good leadership?"

The official said an offer was on the table for Pakistan to play a bigger role in the Afghan-led reconciliation process. Washington and Kabul had not shown much interest, the official said.

The apparent snub highlights lingering mistrust between the U.S. and Pakistan.

The already tense relations between Islamabad and Washington soured after the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden¹s compound in May.

U.S. officials openly questioned whether Pakistan's spy agencies helped hide bin Laden. They also turned up the volume on concerns about Pakistan¹s alleged ties to militant groups that are fueling the insurgency in Afghanistan.

Islamabad hit back by asking scores of U.S. military trainers to leave the country. Last month they slapped U.S. diplomats with travel restrictions within Pakistan.

On Tuesday U.S. Special Envoy to Pakistan Marc Grossman insisted the two countries remained important allies with many shared interests.

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  1. CrystalRiver

    Americans, give Afghans Bibles in their own languages. Ideals in the Bible enabled your forefathers to establish the most powerful and prosperous nation on earth. Your greed didn't; it's been a by-product as well as your filthy secularism.

    August 26, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    Now many western countries involved in Afghanistan including USA will be forced to pass an austherity package that will force them to something similar to the SHARIA LAW, not quite the same, but a move in the right direction.
    The economy is on the verge of a third recession in 10 years.

    August 6, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      The baby killers are going to pay. More than 2 DOZEN DEAD in helicopter crash. A few dollar RPG launched by a true Taliban downed the hundredsmillion dollars aircraft !

      August 6, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Well said, salerno. I agree.

      August 6, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan fron Chicago,IL

    NO WE GO AFTER THOSE WHO USE TERRORISM TO FIGHT THEIR WARS AND ANYONE THAT HELPS THEM!

    August 6, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    Americans are going to be defeated again in Afghanistan. 2 helicioopters downed in 2 weeks, many soldiers killed every week is an excellent reply to their fanatism. Atheists or religious, they are always fanatic, pretending to "help" the people through wars.

    August 6, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      I agree with you, salerno. We Americans are always butting into the affairs of other nations where we have absolutely no business at all and that's exactly what's wrong!!!

      August 6, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dan fron Chicago,IL

    IF ANYONE THINKS THAT THEY CAN KILL ANYONE FOR ANY REASON AND NOT BE SUBJECTED TO GOD'S JUDGMENT THEY HAD BETTER THINK AGAIN! GOD'S COMMANDMENT, THOU SHALL NOT KILL DOES NOT MEAN THAT EVEN IF ANYONE SHOULD NOT OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS THAT HE WOULD NOT BRING JUDGMENT UPON THOSE WHO KILL! OF COURSE IF YOU WERE AT WAR BECAUSE OF ACTIONS THAT CAUSES THE DEATH OF THOSE WHO YOU HAVE GIVEN AN OATH TO PROTECT AND THE PEOPLE DOING THE KILLINGS HAVE NO REGRETS, BUT KEEP ON KILLING THEN SURELY GOD WOULD IN HIS JUDGMENT TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AND BRING HARSH PUNISHMENT TO THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO KILL PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY IN THE RIGHT BY GOD!

    August 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bud Tree Jr.

    I see that CNN is again allowing these nasty pictures to be posted here. That's in bad taste!

    August 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan from Detroit, MI

    If the U.S., NATO, the Karzai regime could reach some kind of peace settlement with the Taliban, it would be great news indeed. How great it would be see this horrific bloodbath end in that country. Now if both the U.S. and NATO would only renounce taking over and withdraw their military as they have absolutely no business there!

    August 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan fron Chicago,IL

    The UNITED STATES along with NATO are in Afghanistan to HELP the people! They are killing terrorists who DO NOT allow the people to give their views against the oppression of the Taliban and their allied terrorists which many Islamic clerics say will go to hell for their transgressions! RIGHTLY SO!

    August 4, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      War is not the way to help the people, as even US puppet Karzai told that both US and Taliban are killing afghan people.
      Even the afghan women of Rawa have the same view. US-Nato soldiers are a threat for the people and a no-fly zone would be necessary. This is why Taliban when possible are shooting at aircrafts.

      August 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Dan, 30 years ago, the Russians felt the same way you do now. They too wanted to modernize Afghanistan and bring it out of the Middle Ages but in the end, they realized the futility thereof and left in 1989.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        No George, they made it into a communist state and controlled it! We do not want to control it! We would only like it to be a partner against terrorism and a free and democratic state! We are only there to stop the flood of terrorism in the region and to kill or capture Taliban terrorists and their terrorist allies!

        August 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        Thank you George for telling it like it was. Had the Communists won and they might well have had not 34 other countries interfered on behalf of their opposition and even without Russian on their side, Afghanistan would be far better off than it is today!

        August 5, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan fron Chicago,IL

        Yea RIGHT!

        August 5, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan- read the report of ICG.

      August 5, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Peggy Dillashaw

    Am sure she does not live in Afganistan or Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, maybe Europe? Nah, Muslims would behead her there too. Probably San Diego I think

    August 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peggy Dillashaw

    I love when Muslims, educated in England or American call us "Yanks" stupid...if up to us, the American people Armullah, you can stay on your camel, in your country, no visa's, live in your third world existence with your dictators.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Peggy – You are right when you said that middle east has nothing to do with our freedom, but US military is not there to help the people. Nothing should be imposed against the will of the people, not just the religion, but neither the form of government. Muslims in US must follow US laws, but USA economy needs foreign workers and there are muslim US citizens.

      August 4, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Peggy Dillashaw

    Fuming..watch Toby Keith's American Solider and Red, White and Blue. Cut that defense budget, you idoits. My dad fought in WW II, my husband fought in Vietnam..we all sleep well tonight because they do fight. Middle East was never about our freedom, that is the only time our treasure should be shed. For OUR freedom, our way of life, not for people that hate us, and live a tribal existence. No Iraq, No Afganistan, no deficit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. salerno

    Even the criminals responsible for the war are getting tired. The problems are related with part of the Afghan people, not just the Taliban. They were accepted because imposed some order and peace in the country. I do not support them, but netiher the northern alliance. Both have a wrong and partial understanding of Islam and are responsible for the mistreatment of civilians and women.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Well said, salerno. The Communists should have won there some 30 years ago and today Afghanistan would be at peace and even have some prosperity but thanks to the outsiders, that was not to be!!!

      August 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |