The Dangerous Idea of a Taliban Safe Zone in Afghanistan

An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report of 10 January (2017)carried by most mainstream newspapers claimed that, “Afghan officials are pushing to create a "safe zone" for Taliban insurgents in a bid to wean them away from traditional sanctuaries inside Pakistan, in a radical and contentious strategy to de-escalate the conflict”. The Afghan government needs to seriously consider this option as without any guarantee from the Taliban of accepting the authority of Kabul; that is the Afghan Constitution ceding territory will be fraught with the danger of virtually dividing the country and sowing the seeds of a civil war. Log in or subscribe to Read on
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