In his meeting with the visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, he said the new US Policy has forced every actor to re-examine their assumptions.
Mattis said we shouldn't expect peace moves from the Taliban en masse, but that some might be open to talks. Mattis said he had seen some positive indications from Islamabad, noting some Pakistani military operations along the border.
The strategy, Mattis said, is to "peel off" those militant elements who may be exhausted of fighting, while continuing to pursue a peace process with the Taliban leadership.
Mattis said he would meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Last month, Ghani invited the Taliban to begin peace talks without preconditions. "But there are elements of the Taliban clearly interested in talking to the Afghan government", he said.
However, Mattis says a diplomatic solution must be between Kabul and the Taliban. While the Taliban expressed interest in reaching a political settlement, they have yet to respond to Ghani's offer.
Mattis stressed that the military campaign was aimed at driving the insurgents toward a political reconciliation, as opposed to an outright battlefield defeat.
USA intelligence officials are predicting the war will remain stalemated as the traditionally most intensive fighting season begins this spring.
As part of an effort to bolster Afghan fighting strength, the U.S.in recent weeks sent an Army group of about 800 soldiers, accompanied by several hundred support troops, to advise the Afghans closer to the front lines.
The US has a renewed focus on Afghanistan after years of drawdowns under former US president Barack Obama, and talk by top US generals of "not winning" and a "stalemate" in the seemingly intractable conflict. These and other moves boosted the number of USA troops in Afghanistan by at least 3,500, to a total of more than 14,000.
Mattis, though, said that "right now, we want to go by, with and through the Afghan-led process". Put another way - the aim is to convince the insurgents they can not win on the battlefield, thus driving them to reconcile with the Afghan government.
The secretary's visit comes shortly after the Afghan government said it would be willing to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political party as part of a ceasefire with the militant group.
"This is not saying that because the offer's been made it's going to be easy or smooth, but the offer's been made", Mattis told reporters.
The insurgent group has said it is prepared to negotiate, but only with the U.S. and not with the Kabul government. While he forecast that Afghan forces this year will continue to develop offensive combat power, he predicted the Taliban will "threaten Afghan stability, undermine public confidence by conducting intermittent high-profile attacks in urban areas", increase its influence in rural areas, and threaten district centers.
Vance is an experienced pilot and flight instructor. "He was just straight compassion and loyalty" and humility, Masinter said. The other three passengers, who had to be cut from the helicopter's safety harnesses, were declared dead at the hospital.
Gibson also adds another big body in the paint to help the Timberwolves crash the boards for second-chance opportunities. On Friday morning, it was reported that Curry will not travel with the team and will remain at home to rest and recover.
Serge Aurier then headed in a fourth in stoppage time. "If you're positive you start the injury return from today". Dele Alli also came off late in the game with a knock but Pochettino said: "I don't believe it's a big issue".
He said the United States later this month would prepare a report on Chad's progress that Trump would review in April. Tillerson who visited the capital N'Djamena on Monday described Chad as an "important partner" in counter terrorism.
After a normal take-off from Dhaka, the plane had begun to behave strangely as it approached Kathmandu , he said. In May, 2012, Agni Air's Dornier 228-212 (9N-AIG) crashed near Jomsom Airport in Mustang, killing 15 people.
Where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here. "I have not", DeVos confessed. The DeVos interview has already sent a message that schools can be less mindful of stark disciplinary disparities.
In reply, India did not get off to an ideal start after both their openers Rohit Sharma (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (8) fell cheaply. But thereafter, Manish and Karthik stitched an unbeaten 68-run partnership for the fifth wicket to guide India home comfortably.
MI game while Penn State will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament during the selection show next Sunday. The teams are meeting for the first time since Temple won at the buzzer in a 2011 NCAA Tournament first round game.
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A FURIOUS horse threw a scantily-clad dancer off its back as she attempted to ride it around the dance floor of a nightclub. It only took the investigation a few hours to determine the severity of the incident and the club had it's license revoked.
Federer wins at Indian Wells, Djokovic crashes out
He is making a cautious return to the ATP Tour after stopping his 2017 season following Wimbledon, due to a right elbow injury. Roger Federer insists he is taking nothing for granted after moving a step closer to a sixth Indian Wells title in California.
Oil prices move lower after Friday's rig-powered surge
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Venus beats Serena at Indian Wells
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Jake Arrieta Nearing Deal With Phillies
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Toys "R" Us may close all stores
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