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Cdn Def &For'n Aff Inst report: Work with -not against- Taliban
Date: Friday, March 02 2007
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The Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute Report : Afghanistan


Dr. Smith, who is also a former deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and is now director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, says recent announcements that will bring NATO's troop complement in Afghanistan to 37,000 will have little impact.


"One of the experts that we asked about how many troops would be needed for a military victory said, 'Oh, maybe half a million.' So adding a couple of thousand is wonderful but it doesn't do anything."


The Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute recommends:
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1- NATO isolate al-Qaeda elements from the Taliban, and then try to persuade the Taliban to join the political process.

......2- NATO work with the Pakistani government of President Pervez Musharraf to persuade the Taliban to abandon al-Qaeda.

......3- that the Pakistani government could work with the Pashtuns in northern Pakistan and southern Afghanistan to bring stability to Afghanistan.


Co-author Gordon Smith (ambassador to NATO 1985-1990, director of the Centre for Global Studies at the U-Victoria) said: "It's worth trying because we don't really have better options.”


“One has to explore the political solutions, difficult and unpleasant though they may be. I don't have a higher regard for the Taliban than anybody else, but I don't think there is any other alternative but to talk to them."


The authors also questions whether there is adequate co-ordination in Afghanistan between military activities and civilian relief in the zones of conflict in the South.


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March 1, 2007 Globe and Mail article


March 1, 2007 CBC News article - "NATO should talk to Taliban because military victory impossible: report"


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BACKGROUND ON AFGHANISTAN:


BBC: US 'planned attack on Taleban’ two months before 9-11


Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.


FBI Director’s Statement: April 19, 2002

“In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper – either here in the U.S. or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere – that mentioned any aspect of the September 11th plot.”


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