Pentagon sees signs of improvement with Taliban

A senior official of the US Defense Department has said that signs of improvement have been seen in talks with the Taliban as he addressed a debate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, said at the debate that Taliban can be part of a stable political future.

He said one of the main points of the talks between the US and India defense secretaries would be ways to find a solution for the Afghanistan crisis.

“We are seeing some signs that a political process is moving. President (Ashraf) Ghani is pursuing another ceasefire and we will see if the Taliban are going to step up to that,” he said.

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Trump Seeks New Ideas On Afghan War

U.S President Donald Trump this week had lunch with a group of senior service members in a bid to come up with ideas on fighting the war in Afghanistan.

Trump said before the lunch that he wants “to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years, how it’s going and what we should do in terms of additional ideas.”

He said: “We have plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from people on the ground.”

This comes as Trump’s aides search for an improved strategy in tackling the war – a war that has been ongoing for 17 years.

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