U.S. Uses Peace Talks to Divide Taliban from Pakistan by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at IPS
22 May, 2011

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 (IPS) – The leaked reports over the past two weeks of a series of meetings between U.S. officials and a Taliban figure close to leader Mullah Omar seemed to point to real progress toward a negotiated settlement of the war in Afghanistan.

But in fact the talks are part of a Barack Obama administration strategy aimed at putting pressure on the Taliban leadership in part by dividing it from Pakistan as well as bolstering Obama’s domestic support for the war.

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