A proposed Pentagon plan will offer security and and jobs to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
As of July 27, 2018, there have been 2,372 U.S. military deaths in the War in Afghanistan. 1,856 of these deaths have been the result of hostile action. Many of these deaths were a result of Taliban attacks on US soldiers and Marines.
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The U.S. is offering Taliban narco-jihadists — the killers behind most American military fatalities during the ongoing Afghan war — safety and job opportunities as part of a peace deal, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a Pentagon plan.
Dawn quotes the Pentagon’s plan sent to Congress this week as saying, “Although some members of the Taliban may be weary of fighting and ready to lay down their weapons, they will only rejoin society if they believe their safety and the safety of their families are guaranteed, and if they have an opportunity to earn enough money to provide for their families.”
The image above is from a Taliban video released in Dec. 2016. The video, entitled “Bond of Nation with the Mujahideen,” is replete with imagery and speeches that promote the enduring Taliban-al Qaeda relationship. Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Nasir al Wuhayshi are shown side by side with top Taliban leaders. (Long War Journal)