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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 9:52 p.m. PST

… with US."

"The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country.

The insurgents released a lengthy missive in five languages, including English, saying the fighting would continue while foreign forces remain in Afghanistan.

The announcement is something the militant group does every year, even though Taliban attacks never really ceased during the harsh winter months. The insurgents carry out daily attacks targeting Afghan security forces and NATO troops, and inflicting staggering casualties, including among civilians. Most recently, a Taliban attack near the main U.S. air base in Afghanistan killed three Marines on Monday…."
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Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 8:27 a.m. PST

It has a logic. Kinda like how Nixon ramped up the pressure on Hanoi with Operation Linebacker II to "bomb North Vietnam back to the peace table" so as to negotiate from a position of strength.

Choctaw15 Apr 2019 9:11 a.m. PST

Ah, springtime in Afghanistan…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 10:49 a.m. PST



Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 10:28 p.m. PST

"Most recently, a Taliban attack near the main U.S. air base in Afghanistan killed three Marines on Monday….".

I suppose it is unsporting to kill those at the conference table you're negotiating with, in retaliation.

That would send a clear message though.

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