June 18th, 2013
10:59 AM ET

Security handover, diplomacy in Afghanistan. A new chapter?

By Kyle Almond, Elise Labott and Joe Sterling

Hope flickered in war-torn Afghanistan on Tuesday as national security forces formally took over security leadership and peace talks with the Taliban are now in the works.

NATO-led troops transferred security responsibility to Afghan forces. The United States and an Afghan government group dedicated to peace and reconciliation will hold talks with the Taliban militant group in Qatar.

"I wish a long-term peace in Afghanistan," Afghan President Harmid Karzai told his troops at a handover ceremony in Kabul.

But a senior U.S. official said reconciliation is likely to be "long, complex and messy" because trust between Afghans and the Taliban is extremely low.

The latest moves could portend a hopeful chapter in the long and costly Afghan conflict. What do these developments mean for Afghanistan and the United States?

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  1. ?

    in this type of ground war (guerilla, static or whatever you call it) there is no more effective manuver than landing a righteous ambush on the enemy, it stacks up kills very very quickly and minimizes loss of life, and it is an in and out type of thing, i hear that our soldiers see the taliban move about with their weapons hidden, we should shoot them as they walk and next week those weapons will be locked and loaded and in their hands at all times, invading and destroying the taliban's tribal bases is simply not an option although it would destroy them in a matter of days and there would be nobody left to fight, it is almost as if the us military is being invaded there, i have a feeling that most of the engagements our soldiers are getting into involve the taliban laying in ambush and then somehow turning into long drawn out engagements i see on tv, when i see we have a kilometer between forces it seems well to put it bluntly wrong, our air force makes us professional but how often it is used and in what manner is questionable, the mission is to disrupt the taliban, that means the us army must turn guerilla in order to acomplish the mission, it will be 15 years before the taliban sets up as a major political power again in afghanistan, bush and cheney really really set this up for a long conflict (tora bora, firing shinseki, invading iraq) with many more enemies now than when we started on 911, thank god we have a smart president now who understands words like haji should be condemed rather than given a ye-ha....their jihad will continue as long as it is righteous in their eyes

    June 20, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
  2. lance

    what a waste of men and money on this toilet of a country. only object should have been to kill bin ladden and his camel fornicating killers and get out.

    June 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  3. Joseph McCarthy

    What is this I hear about the U.S. and the Taliban talking peace to one another in Qatar? If true, this could be the greatest peace of news in a very long time. Hopefully this will lead to the obscene butchery of people over there by our godless drones and Apache helicopters. Now I expect to see a lot of right-wing nut jobs here decrying this as some kind of "sellout"!

    June 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  4. Pete

    Karzai will see how long his people stay civil and just watch how he comes back crying saying he needs help because he's overwhelmed trying to keep all these different groups apart without starting a civil war..It's in their genes with civil unrest and give it time they'll show you why!!

    June 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Reply

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