No intra-Afghan talks likely unless Ghani steps aside


In this file photo, Afghan security personnel inspect the site of an attack on Afghan army base in Gardez, capital of Paktia province on May 14. — Agence France-Presse/STR

PRESIDENT Donald Trump and his national security adviser, Robert C O’Brien are aching to announce troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as a last minute sweetener for the American voter, rather like floral touches in an Indian wedding. General Mark A Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is probably looking at life beyond Trump, unless there is a second coming. He is talking of ending the Afghan war ‘responsibility’, which means ‘not in a hurry’.

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