Taliban not losing in Afghanistan: US Army General

Dunford said that while there would never be a "military solution" on its own to bring peace to Afghanistan, the US and its NATO partners were working to leverage military, political and economic pressure to convince the Taliban it was in their interest to negotiate a political solution to the crisis with the government in Kabul.

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Washington, Publish Date: Nov 19 2018 1:48AM | Updated Date: Nov 19 2018 1:48AM
Taliban not losing in Afghanistan: US Army GeneralPic: Wiki/United States Marine Corps
A top US military officer said that the Taliban "are not losing" in Afghanistan, and much more needs to be done to bring peace to the war-torn country.
 
"They are not losing right now, I think that is fair to say," CNN quoted Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as saying during a discussion at a security forum in Canada on Saturday. 
 
"We used the term stalemate a year ago and, relatively speaking, it has not changed much."
 
Dunford said that while there would never be a "military solution" on its own to bring peace to Afghanistan, the US and its NATO partners were working to leverage military, political and economic pressure to convince the Taliban it was in their interest to negotiate a political solution to the crisis with the government in Kabul.
 
"Without going into detail here, we do believe the Taliban know that at some point they do have to reconcile," he said. 
"The key to success is to combine all that pressure to incentivise the Taliban" to negotiate.

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