Before the Endgame America's Fatal Flaws in Afghanistan

When Washington starts withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan in July 2011, its NATO allies in Europe will quickly rush to the exits. A power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and the Taliban is a less than ideal solution, but it is the only realistic option if the West pulls out.
Von Ahmed Rashid
Taliban fighters in Afghanistan: The insurgents have stated privately that they want direct talks with Washington and NATO.

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan: The insurgents have stated privately that they want direct talks with Washington and NATO.

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Pakistani journalist and book author Ahmed Rashid is one of the most knowledgeable experts on the region. He wrote a world-renowned book about the Taliban and recently published "Descent Into Chaos: How the war against Islamic extremism is being lost in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia."