Washington has asked Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, to push for reconciliation efforts that could include holding talks with the Taliban. But there are those who oppose such a move.
Al Jazeera’s James Bayes speaks to Ismail Khan, a minister in Karzai’s cabinet and one of Afghanistan’s most influential figures, who is seeking an alternative approach which runs in contrast to US demands.
A top US commander has warned US troops face a “resilient” Taliban “aided” by al-Qaeda, as the US plans to deploy 17,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan.
US General David McKiernan says concerted efforts, both military and civilian, are urgently needed to overcome Taliban fighters.
Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports.