6/19 Afghan Liberation Peace Plan Bombs US Enduring War Plan.

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2011 Obama: We are ending Afghanistan war responsibly
usatoday.com/ communities/ theoval/ post/ 2011/ 10/ obama-we-are-ending-afghanistan-war-responsibly/
"After a difficult decade, we are responsibly ending today's wars from a position of strength. As the rest of our troops come home from Iraq this year, we have begun to draw down our forces in Afghanistan and transition security to the Afghan people, with whom we will forge an enduring partnership" Obama said...

note: excellent 'insider' view of US invader-occupier 'allies':

US, NATO disasters stack up in Afghanistan
9/16/12, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan-violence-2012...
KABUL Afghanistan — In a disastrous day for NATO force in Afghanistan, four US troops were gunned down Sunday by Afghan police, a US airstrike killed eight Afghan women foraging for fuel on a rural hillside...Villagers loaded the bodies into trucks and drove them to the provincial governor's office, parading them through the streets in protest. NATO acknowledged that five to eight civilians were accidentally killed in a strike targeting a group of insurgents, and expressed regret....also military officials disclosed that a Taliban strike on a southern base destroyed more than $150 million worth of planes and equipment — by far the costliest single insurgent attack in 11 years of warfare in money terms...
The confluence of events underscored the conflict's most damaging trends: an unrelenting tide of "insider" attacks, in which Afghan forces turn their weapons on coalition allies; the daily loss of civilian lives to war's ravages and the continuing ability of insurgent forces to inflict disproportionate havoc on the far more powerful Western military....
The killings, less than 24 hours after two British soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan policeman, brought to 51 the number of NATO service members killed this year by Afghan security forces.... insider shootings have become an extremely serious problem — about 15% of all coalition deaths come at the hands of Afghan forces... Forces on both sides are undergoing cultural training to try to avoid deadly misunderstandings ...NATO troops have been ordered to keep rounds chambered in their weapons at all times, and armed troops called "guardian angels" posted to watch over others in mess halls, sleeping tents and gyms. Thousands of members of a locally recruited village militia were ordered rescreened for links with the insurgency. How to reduce such attacks is the subject of considerable debate among US and NATO officials...slowing Afghan training to take over security in their country could undercut the goal of US military withdrawal by the end of 2014. And steps seen as too heavy-handed could be taken by Afghans as an insult in a culture where perceived slights can swiftly lead to violence....
NATO spokesman Air Force Capt. Dan Einert, said the bombardment followed a "significant engagement" Sunday morning...[after] a NATO International Security Assistance Force unit positively identified a group of about 45 insurgents with hostile intent and called in the airstrike which killed a large number of them. "Unfortunately, we're aware of civilian casualties as a result of this strike," he said.... Western officials also disclosed Sunday that an insurgent raid at Camp Bastion, in Helmand province, had been far more serious than initially reported [as] the deaths of two U.S. Marines in the strike that began Friday and continued into early hours Saturday. Sunday they disclosed that the insurgents managed to destroy six sophisticated AV-8B Harrier jets, three refueling stations, and 'significantly damage' two other Harrier aircraft and six soft-skin aircraft hangars.

"The Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement" framework for U.S. in Afghanistan after scheduled 2014 drawdown of U.S. combat forces, has a duration of at least 10 years "
5/1/12 US-Afghanistan Sign 'Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement'
"Obama makes surprise trip to Afghanistan to sign key pact, mark bin Laden raid"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/obama-makes-surprise-vi...

President Obama arrived in Kabul on an unannounced trip on the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death to sign the agreement, visit US troops in Afghanistan and address the American nation from Bagram Air Base about his plans to responsibly end the war in Afghanistan. The US-Afghanistan Sign Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement, providing the framework for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the scheduled 2014 drawdown of U.S. combat forces, has a duration of at least 10 years ...

Afghans shout during anti-NATO protest after NATO airstrike killed eight women
Waseem Nikzad / AFP/Getty Images / September 16, 2012

"Today American occupying invaders and their coalition allies are facing the same future that the Russian invaders faced "
2/15/12, Taliban

Taliban rejects US' Afghan troop withdrawal plan
2/14/13 http://www.rediff.com/news/report/taliban-rejects-us-afghan-troop-withdr...
“The Taliban will not agree with gradual withdrawal and vows to continue their ‘holy jihad’ until a single foreign soldier stays over Afghan soil,” the statement came in the wake of reports the White House plans to bring home about 34,000 troops from Afghanistan by February 2014, a 50 percent cut in the number of US troops in Afghanistan. The statement continued, “Time has come for the American president Obama and other head of states of invading countries to understand the realities of this futile war and instead of tactical efforts, troop reductions and gradual withdrawals, focus on the conditions, calls and needs of its own people and immediately extract all its troops from our country. Thousands of their soldiers were killed, maimed and mentally disabled; billions of dollars was spent; economies of involved invading countries faced decline; its own people were reduced to beggary and other such ills”.

Taliban Kills 17 Afghan Soldiers
3/7/13 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/world/asia/taliban-kill-17-afghan-sold...

" no apparent connection between the bombing and Secretary of Defense Hagel's unannounced visit"
18 Afghans Killed in Attacks During Hagel's Visit
3/9/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/new-us-defense-secretary-visiting-afghani...
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/09/173878788/with-hagel-in-a...

US desperation moves after political & military defeat
U.S. to relaunch peace talks with Taliban
6/18/13 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-to-relaunch-pea...
Until now, the Taliban has refused to talk to the Karzai government...The resumption of Taliban talks comes as the insurgent group has launched a series of major attacks in Afghanistan that U.S. officials described as 'desperation moves'. The Obama administration has long sought a process for political negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government before the 2014 withdrawal of U.S. combat troops...President Karzai’s government will not participate in initial U.S. talks. But senior U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they persuaded him that U.S. meetings would be a first stage that ultimately lead to direct Afghan-to-Afghan negotiations...The Taliban repeated its demand for an end to foreign “occupation” of Afghanistan, including residual US and NATO forces after 2014, “an independent Islamic system".and release of all US held Taliban detainees...

Ending America's Longest War
6/18/13 http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/ending-americas-longest-war-19431872
NATO troops officially hand off power to Afghan forces...the handoff was met by word the taliban is ready to talk about peace...white house officials said they don't expect the talks to result in the reduction of the level of violence any time soon and even after the taliban said they would be talking, a taliban spokesman said they would continue to attack u.s. targets in afghanistan...
This may be a significant development but peace is not at hand. Now let's get more on what this means from chief global affairs correspondent martha ratdat and johnathon carl.
Martha, this seems to be big news on a big day. They say they're going to talk peace, they won't use afghanistan as a launching ground for attacks across boarders but how is the president seeing this? is this unlikely to change the military's end game, how quickly troops can come home and how many will stay behind?
"The president himself called this an important first step but the white house is under into illusion that talking to the taliban is going to lead to a break through we have to keep 32,000 there but they could draw down more quickly if those negotiations go better than we thought..."

Taliban Bomb during NATO Afghan security handover ceremony
6/18/13 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/18/blast-during-afghan-security...
VIDEO OF THE 'END OF WAR HANDOVER' CEREMONY - MINUS AFGHAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE BOMBING KILLING 4 US SOLDIERS
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/06/18/the_handover_photos_us_...

Taliban Step Toward Afghan Peace Talks Hailed by U.S.
6/19/13 NYT Taliban announce opening of an office in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday and said they were prepared to talk, raising hopes for a break in long-stalled peace efforts.

Taliban kill 4 Americans Karzai suspends talks with U.S.
6/19/13 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/taliban-says-it-killed-4-us-troops/2...

'Peace and reconciliation' negotiations
6/18 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/18/talban-afghanistan-peace-tal...
On the day NATO formally handed control of security over to Afghans to focus on a training role ahead of the final departure of foreign forces... News that a Taliban political delegation would work out of an office in Qatar brought a glimmer of hope that a decade of conflict might end at the negotiating table rather than after more bloodshed. It ...The talks will be brokered by the US,..but for all its financial influence and military muscle, Washington cannot offer peace any more than it could secure it for the current regime of president Hamid Karzai...The Taliban, denouncing him as a puppet, have always sworn only speak to backers of his government.. "I'm sceptical about the convenient timing of this announcement which creates the impression of viable peace talks at precisely the moment when the Afghan government formally in charge of security... we've yet to see enthusiasm among the insurgents for any kind of ceasefire. The number of insurgent attacks has increased dramatically this year" said Graeme Smith, senior analyst at the US International Crisis Group....
Inside and outside Karzai's administration are powerful commanders, *many of whom fought the Soviets...after years of western largesse they have guns, supporters and plenty of money, and are again flexing their muscles...Even if talks progress the Taliban is far from one united group; , General Joseph Dunford, US commander in Afghanistan, admitted he was sceptical about the possibility to broker a peace deal with the Haqqanis *US/Carter-Brzezinski organized mujahadeen with bin Laden, to 'give the Soviets their Vietnam' and defeat major US rival

Afghan peace process in disarray...
6/18 http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/18/194279/afghan-peace-talks-with-tal...
...President Obama briefed leaders at a G8 summit of the world’s largest economies on the developments and U.S. officials said there was “significant international support” for the reconciliation process “even with all the attendant difficulties.”...Tuesday Obama called the Islamic movement’s opening of an office in Doha, Qatar for peace talks to end the war , an “important first step toward reconciliation,” even as he cautioned there will be “a lot of bumps in the road.” ...also, Tuesday, U.S. officials confirmed four Americans died following a bomb attack in Afghanistan...The Taliban wants U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, but the Obama administration is negotiating an 'enduring strategic partnership' with Afghanistan after 2014.. the scope of U.S. presence has yet to be determined, but if the talks lead to a decrease in violence, it could change U.S. calculations....and U.S. officials worked for weeks with Qatar for a clear understanding of what would be said during Tuesday’s event announcing the opening of a Taliban Doha office...they were taken aback by what had not been agreed on: The Taliban displayed a flag and spoke in front of a banner proclaiming in Arabic, “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” Qatar’s government released a statement insisting it had been “agreed upon” in advance that the banner would read “Political Bureau of the Taliban Afghan in Doha” not “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan... President Obama acknowledged in Berlin that “this is going to be a difficult process” but said the United States remains committed to moving it forward.

U.S. Set for Taliban Talks as Afghan Military Takes Lead
6/18/13 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-18/u-s-said-to-start-talks-with-ta...
The U.S. thinks the Taliban negotiators are authorized by top Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar...The talks were announced as Afghan forces formally made the transition yesterday to assume responsibility for their country’s security....Brian Katulis, a senior national security fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based research group, said in an interview “...it is worth trying” since “there is simply no military solution”...Senator Lindsey Graham said “The only way to talk to the Taliban is when you have superiority on the battlefield and they’re convinced they can never take Afghanistan over through military engagement"....Taliban forces still control large areas of Afghanistan, and security is tenuous even in and near the capital. Yesterday, a bomber hit a convoy carrying a prominent Afghan official, and four Americans were reported killed in a rocket attack at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul....In Doha yesterday, Naim, a Taliban spokesman said it “considers it its religious and national duty to gain independence from occupation and, for that purpose, utilize every legitimate means and will continue to do so"...Australia a U.S.ally that has about 1,650 personnel deployed in Afghanistan, today said the Taliban won’t halt attacks in Afghanistan...At the Taliban Doha outpost openining yesterday, speakers addressed journalists in front of a banner for the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” The state-run Qatar News Agency today put out a statement saying the facility is the “political office of the Taliban of Afghanistan,”

"The Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement" framework for U.S. in Afghanistan after scheduled 2014 drawdown of U.S. combat forces, has a duration of at least 10 years "
Commander Says More Time Needed to Gauge Afghan War Needs
6/4/13 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-04/commander-says-more-time-needed...
The top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said the number of troops needed after 2014 may take another six to eight months to determine...

Officials: US, NATO consider plan to maintain force of 352,000 Afghan troops through 2018
2/21/13 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/officials-nato-strongly-considering-...