“I don’t want to see my son living as a foreigner,” said Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, in an emotional speech. Himself having had a bitter experience of life as an exile, Karzai has finalised the members of a council he wants to see negotiate an end to the war with the Taliban,
to whom he made this appeal.
“Come to your senses, as you are witnessing what is happening on our soil and only through our efforts can our homeland be ours,” he said.
There are reports the Americans are already in talks with the Taliban, but the Taliban deny this.
As Karzai was speaking, US and Afghan troops were engaged in an intense firefight when a patrol fell into an ambush in Helmand province, their second action in three days.
Resistance is stiffening as government forces seek to consolidate their hold in areas previously controlled by the Taliban.