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Nicholson: US Planning Religious, Diplomatic, Military and Social Pressure on Taliban

General John Nicholson, who is leading U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told a group of journalists Monday in Kabul the multi-pronged approach would be different from past years."There will be religious pressure applied to the Taliban with the ulemas hosted in Indonesia and elsewhere to strip away the religious legitimacy for jihad in Afghanistan," Nicholson said, referring to Muslim scholars with expertise in Islamic law."At the same time, there will be a strong effort in the area of advancing the reconciliation process," he said.President Ashraf Ghani last month offered the Taliban the opportunity to come to the table and renounce violence in return for political recognition.The Taliban have not responded to the offer, leading to speculation they might be considering it.…………….Please Log in or Subscribe to view full details…..

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