Mon, Oct 10, 2011 - Page 9 News List

A decade later and time for peace is running out

The headlines of the last decade in Afghanistan have been about the bloodshed, but behind them lies a political failure at every level

By Declan Walsh  /  The Guardian, ISLAMABAD

But will it survive? The prospect of talks with the Taliban has already resurrected old ethnic tensions; grave talk of civil war runs quietly in the corridors of diplomacy. Karzai periodically says he would like to sit down with the Taliban leaders, as he once did 10 years ago. The question now is whether that would solve Afghanistan’s conflict, or propel it into a new phase.

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