‘The leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the process for some time due to the current complex political situation in the country,’ the statement read. ‘The process will remain suspended without the exchange of the prisoners until our decision to resume.’
Mujahed did not elaborate on what ‘political situation’ in Afghanistan led to the suspension of talks or say when they might resume. Afghanistan is in the middle of a presidential campaign ahead of an April 5 election. Two-term President Hamid Karzai cannot run again for office under the Afghan constitution.
The U.S. State Department has refused to acknowledge the negotiations, but the U.S. official previously told the AP that indirect talks were underway.
I’d tell the Taliban that either we get Sgt. Bergdahl back today, or they get Kandahar in radioactive ruins tomorrow.
That’s what they would do if the situation were reversed. Actually, they wouldn’t. They’d write Bergdahl off as “the Will of Allah,” and keep right on attacking us with the most effective weapons they could muster.
We could learn from them. Well, if we were actually interested in a real victory over them.