Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy lacks vision, analysts say

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RFI, 22 August 2017

Article quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in response to Trump’s speech implying the US intends to stay in Afghanistan and fight until al Qaeda and the Islamic State are wiped out and the Taliban defeated on the battlefield:

Such an effort would “take years or even further decades” of US deployment to Afghanistan, says Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, adding such goals cannot be achieved in the short term, especially when it comes to the Taliban.

“To put it short, you need a political solution and you need to talk with the Taliban,” Ruttig says. “The Taliban don’t want to talk at the moment, because they feel strong, controlling the most territory they have had since 2001.”