(Please don’t let us mess this up!): Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban
Let them sort this out themselves. It’s the only way it will work.
Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban
16 June 2018
Tears, hugs and selfies as Afghan troops and Taliban mark a truce for Eid
Afghanistan has extended its unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban following an initial truce observed by both sides over the Eid festival period.
President Ashraf Ghani appealed to the militants to follow the government's lead and enter peace talks.
In extraordinary scenes, militants have been embracing security force members and taking selfies with citizens.
What did President Ghani say?
In a TV address Mr Ghani said the government was ready for "comprehensive negotiations" with the Taliban.
"All those issues and demands that have been put forth we are ready to discuss them at the peace talks," he said.
We started this mess. We’ve kept the carnage going. There are things there that out PTB want, like rare earths and a pipeline.
Afghanistan controlled by the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, which is headquartered in Kabul with regional offices in other parts of the country. Afghanistan has over 1400 mineral fields, containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, and zinc, among many other minerals. Gemstones include high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. According to a joint study by The Pentagon and the United States Geological Survey, Afghanistan has an estimated US$3 trillion of untapped minerals. There are six lapis mines in Afghanistan, the largest being located in Badakhshan province. There are around 12 copper mines in Afghanistan, including the Aynak copper deposit located in Logar province. Afghanistan's significance from an energy standpoint stems from its geographical position as a potential transit route for oil and natural gas exports from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea. This potential includes the construction of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline gas pipeline. The first Afghan oil production began in October 2012. Afghanistan's resources could make it one of the richest mining regions in the world.
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Which brings up the biggest possible hitch in this whole possible peace deal. From the BBC article:
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said peace talks would have to include a discussion on the role of "international actors and forces".
"The US stands ready to work with parties to reach a peace agreement and political settlement that brings a permanent end to this war," he said.
I hope that these peace talks come off. But with all that loot on the line, I cannot see the greedy shits who run this country just walking away.
Let’s all hope that I’m wrong.