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Double blow to Nato as Karzai and Taliban derail Afghanistan strategy | The Guardian

The west’s strategy in Afghanistan has been thrown into disarray after the Taliban said they had suspended preliminary peace talks with the US, and the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, called for coalition troops to retreat to their bases and end patrols through Afghan villages.
In statements released within minutes of each other on Thursday, the main partner and main opponent of Nato-led forces fighting in Afghanistan trampled on political and military blueprints that the coalition had hoped might allow them to exit a decade-long war without leaving the country in chaos.
“I’m really shocked, these are two pieces of very bad news,” said one senior western diplomat in Kabul. “It’s probably the bleakest day of my time here in Afghanistan.”

Double blow to Nato as Karzai and Taliban derail Afghanistan strategy | The Guardian

The west’s strategy in Afghanistan has been thrown into disarray after the Taliban said they had suspended preliminary peace talks with the US, and the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, called for coalition troops to retreat to their bases and end patrols through Afghan villages.

In statements released within minutes of each other on Thursday, the main partner and main opponent of Nato-led forces fighting in Afghanistan trampled on political and military blueprints that the coalition had hoped might allow them to exit a decade-long war without leaving the country in chaos.

“I’m really shocked, these are two pieces of very bad news,” said one senior western diplomat in Kabul. “It’s probably the bleakest day of my time here in Afghanistan.”