A truce with Taliban in Badhgis

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090727/wl_nm/us_afghanistan_ceasefire

Afghanistan has struck a ceasefire deal with Taliban insurgents in a remote province, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, the first move of its kind amid an escalation of violence ahead of elections next month.

The truce was reached on Saturday in northwestern Badghis province, near the border with Turkmenistan, spokesman Seyamak Herawi said. The government wanted to make similar deals with the Taliban in other parts of the country in a bid to improve security for the August 20 presidential election, he said.
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Obama and leaders in London also have spoken this year about the need to work with "moderate" Taliban elements. Britain has also backed Afghan government efforts to reintegrate Taliban insurgents who renounce violence.
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Former Taliban officials have been trying to mediate between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the insurgents since late last year, hoping eventually to arrange peace talks.

Before the Badghis deal the Taliban had repeatedly rejected such suggestions, saying they would continue their insurgency until all foreign troops had left Afghanistan.
Is it a rare exception or would it be an example to reach a lasting truce in other regions?
 
#3
Oh, good. Now we just need to wave a Nobel Peace Prize at the leaders and everybody can go home claiming victory.
 
#4
Toxicseagull said:
we've had truces before over certain villages or towns havent we? it was a bit of a fiasco last time my fuggy memory tells me.
Afghanistan is a very complex country. There are many peoples, tribes. It seems to me that regional specifics of Afghanistan is not being used properly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badghis_Province

Bādghīs (Persian: بادغیس Lap of Wind) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is located in northwestern Afghanistan... The Province has a Aimak and Hazara majority of 62%
The Aimaks are ethnically Hazara but Sunni Muslims. Hazara people is numerous (3d ethnical group in Afghanistan) and its relations with the Pashtuns (the base of the Taliban) can be described as a hatred.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazara_people

It is estimated that more than 60% of the Hazara population were massacred or displaced during Abdur Rahman's campaign against them. Hazara farmers were often forced to give up their property to Pashtuns
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in the 1940s, during Zahir Shah's rule, a revolt took place against new taxes that were exclusively imposed on the Hazaras.[6] The Pashtun nomads meanwhile not only were exempted from taxes, but also received allowances from the Afghan government
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Particularly after their capture of Mazar-e Sharif in 1998, where after a massive killing of some 8000 civilians, the Taliban openly declared that the Hazaras would be targeted. Mullah Niazi, the commander of the attack and governor of Mazar after the attack, similar to Abdur Rahman Khan over 100 years ago, declared the Shia Hazara as infidels:

“Hazaras are not Muslim, they are Shi’a. They are kafir [infidels]. The Hazaras killed our force here, and now we have to kill Hazaras... If you do not show your loyalty, we will burn your houses, and we will kill you. You either accept to be Muslims or leave Afghanistan... wherever you go we will catch you. If you go up, we will pull you down by your feet; if you hide below, we will pull you up by your hair."
One could expect that Hazara people would be free from oppressions after US led invasion. But it has not happened.

Living in mountainous Hazarajat where little farm land exists, Hazara people rely on these pasture lands for their livelihood and survival during long and harsh winters. In 2007 heavily armed Kochis moved into Hazarajat for grazing their livestock, and when the local people resisted, it is reported that they killed several Hazara people, mostly women and children, looted and burned several villages. Such a practice happened in 2008, and the government appears to approve this practice by disarming local Hazaras and allowing Kochis to remain heavily armed. It is also reported that Kochis acted for the Taliban army when they defeated Hazara resistance against Taliban in Hazarajat and massacred the local Hazaras. Hazaras suspect that Kochis have ties with the Taliban. Kochis like Taliban belong to the Pashtun ethnicity. Traveling with heavy armor and automatic weapons, and using military tactics like Taliban, support this theory.
So what does the truce mean? Current pro-Western government tries to disarm the Hazara and gives the ability to Pashtun minority in Badhgis to operate freely against the Hazara.

Also Pashtun tribesmen (Kochis) acts like the Talibs by another name.

And how do the Hazaras look at NATO forces? In their eyes NATO support the oppressive Kabul government.
 

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