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We are aware of the new seed in town.
For 30 years, people only heard the opposition propaganda about us. We are not intransigent warlords. We want to unify and rebuild Afghanistan.
Hezb is very fragmented, and it's all about personal interests. We don't know whether these former commanders will unite around Hekmatyar or work against him. This is his last attempt to reach power, this time through elections.
Obviously this doesn't go anywhere, fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convention.
I made a split second-mistake. I had been sent to a brutal battlefield to fight for my country in an unpopular war. And yet at the end of my trial, the Establishment lined up to portray me as an evil scumbag because it suited them to do so at the time.
There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil, you c---. It's nothing you wouldn't do to us.
I've seen the influence of Russia of late – increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban.
This move to a new district center had been planned for some time. The only thing they left to the Taliban is rubble and dirt.
NATO and the United States, in my view, must win in Afghanistan.
This public legitimacy that Russia lends to the Taliban is not based on fact.
I've seen the influence of Russia of late, increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban.
It was easy to connect Goodyear and innovation. And then 'Spirit' just seemed to make the name flow better.
Because a Goodyear Semirigid Dirigible doesn't roll off the tongue. There were a couple tears because they've been working with blimps for so long.
No one is above the law. Being a member of Parliament does not mean one has immunity to do whatever he or she can to disrupt law and order.
This is a matter of life and death for interpreters and other support staff. As we speak, many of them are being hunted down by the Taliban and other terrorists. We have a moral obligation to protect the thousands of Afghans who put themselves, and their families, at risk to help our soldiers and diplomats. To abandon them now would be a stain on our nation's honor. There's no excuse for Congress to not act in a bipartisan way to approve these additional visas as it has done in the past.
It's imperative that Congress act quickly to approve more visas. This is a matter of life and death for interpreters and other support staff. As we speak, many of them are being hunted down by the Taliban and other terrorists.
If the haters couldn't stop me, Trump can't. Sometimes I still have nightmares, . Those men are standing and looking at me and laughing or there is the fear that they will rape me. If those people inside my country, those haters, couldn't stop me, Donald Trump or [even] a hundred Trumps will never stop me.
Even when I was sick in the asylum centre I saw women who had worse situations than me and I wanted to save them. I was taking them out for walks and I had a football and told them: 'Just kick the ball.' They would be running after the ball, kicking it with bare legs and sandals.
I was not the woman I used to be. I said to myself so many times, I didn't risk my life to end up in an asylum centre in Denmark; it was not the goal. I felt like a bird in a cage. I was very depressed. I stopped talking to anyone, I had those dreams where someone is coming, I was dreaming that they sent me back. I missed my team – those girls I could hear their voices calling my name and laughing. It was really tough for me.
I think pay should be equal for male and female players. That is what I told the president. I looked into his eyes and said: 'Whenever you take a decision think about the father who has a son and a daughter when he is out shopping for his kids. He always wants to buy the same-value thing for both of them because he knows otherwise there will be a fight at home. Think like a father.' He was laughing and said: 'Yes, I will do that.
My problem was not the Taliban with the gun, it was also the Taliban with the tie, the suit and the boots, people with the mentality of the Taliban who were against women and their voice.
We cannot continue in America because the president is against Muslims and refugees.
People trust us. They see us as a source of help and pressure. I get 1,000 calls a day and I have a database of 10,000 phone numbers. We get answers, and we change people's lives. We need a Trump who will seal the border completely.
There are so many shocking stories. You can be killed for love in Afghanistan. We are much better today than during the Taliban, but some things make me hopeless. In some ways we are still back where we were then.
You can always be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I don't feel scared to walk down the street. The country needs us.
It was a nightmare situation, because those who came had white uniforms on, I mean the uniform of a doctor. Nobody can imagine a doctor with a Kalashnikov who opens fire. It is very strange to see people in white uniforms kill people. They killed our patients in their beds and they killed our doctors.
We still haven't heard a peep from the Trump administration for what its plans or ambitions or intentions are for Afghanistan. This current levels he cannot break the stalemate. So far no word, no focus, no indication of any kind from the White House.
While disturbing, [Wednesday's attack] should not be mistaken for the rise in ISIS. All the evidence suggests that [ISIS has] been contained in Kandahar. And while there are ISIS cells in other parts of Afghanistan, the country is very hostile ground for them.
You can't sanitize scripture. I think fundamentalists have a more honest approach. … They're more consistent. The reason that anti-Muslim bigotry exists is not because people like me are talking about what we're talking about. It's because there are millions of people watching their TV screens and they're seeing a guy drive a truck into a crowd in Nice, screaming 'Allahu Akbar,' or they see the Taliban go into a school in Peshawar and kill 132 kids, screaming 'Allahu Akbar' and quoting from the Quran, and they look at this and they just put the dots together.
Hundreds of Pashtuns are being arrested and harassed in the name of terrorism. We never said all Punjabis are terrorists, though Punjabi Taliban were involved in bombings. This discrimination will only spread hatred.
Right now, police forces have started a clearing up operation inside the police compound.
Two terrorists entered a building. One blew himself up and the second was shot by Afghan security forces.
I escaped towards the canteen and climbed the wall to save my life. But there were many people dead and injured.
If my visa had not been rejected, I wouldn't have seen Pakistan.
I have never seen snow before. I am very excited.
This is a virtual declaration of war against the state of Pakistan. But this has led to a degree of complacency within our civil-military leadership that perhaps they have completely destroyed these elements, or broken their back.
As soon as I entered the shrine, I heard a dreadful sound. The first thought that came to my mind was that this could not be a bomb blast but then the next thought that came to my mind was that we were dead. It was like doomsday.
Each drop of [the] nation's blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone.
I wish I could have been here and died in the blast last night. No one bothered to secure this place.
At least 72 are dead and over 150 have been injured.
"The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims,". "But we can't let these events divide us, or scare us. We must stand united in this struggle for the Pakistani identity, and universal humanity".
These groups are all very similar, but are entirely separate forces. The Taliban is a local force limited to within Afghanistan while ISIL thinks bigger, of a Great Muslim Caliphate, and its Afghan branch is an integral part of this new global Islamic adventure.
We just couldn't understand what happened,' Tufail Nabi told local Geo News TV. It was as if some big building collapsed.
We have a shortfall of a few thousand. Yes, sir. Our complex relationship with Pakistan is best assessed through a holistic review.
"We have a shortfall of a few thousand,". "Our complex relationship with Pakistan is best assessed through a holistic review,".
I have adequate resources in my counterterrorism mission. In my train, advise and assist mission, however, we have a shortfall of a few thousand. This is in the NATO train, advise and assist mission, so it can come from America or its allies.
It makes us fear for the future of our operations, because all of the serious aid organisations operate without armed guards, and we can be easy targets in this changing environment.
There is no doubt that our operations are increasingly affected by increased insecurity. The practices on the ground often conflict with what leaders say at the high levels. What facilitates access is acceptance and impartiality. We are there for the people of Afghanistan. If people want us, then they facilitate the access.
In areas where ISIS has tried to expand its influence, residents are often caught between the Taliban, government forces, and ISIS in a back-and-forth.
These contributions could come from our allies as well as the United States. We have identified the requirement and the desire to advise below the core level so these additional forces would enable us to thicken our advisory effort across the Afghan ministries and do more advising below the core level.
Unfortunately, several people were killed and wounded.
Those behind today's bombing and other such despicable acts must face justice.
I've been through a lot of firefights and ambushes and stuff like that in Afghanistan. The Taliban look for the guys who work with Americans, and I was one of the guys. There's two friends of mine still working in the north of Afghanistan with the Special Forces. Their paperwork is nearly done, one already got his visa, and they're still hoping to come.
Not only is this executive order a death sentence for Iraqis and Afghans who have served faithfully alongside U.S. troops, but it feels like a death sentence for our service members who are in the Middle East. I'm only alive because my Afghan Muslim translator saved my life by killing two Taliban fighters who were about to kill me in battle.
That was our combined work with Shahryar group of Mahsud Taliban.
On this occasion the Taliban chose to hide amongst civilians and then attacked Afghan and U.S. forces. I wish to assure President [Ahsraf] Ghani and the people of Afghanistan that we will take all possible measures to protect Afghan civilians.
Regardless of the circumstances, I deeply regret the loss of innocent lives.
More than 50 people, including women and children, were killed in the Afghan and U.S. forces' attack in Buz-e Kandahari.
Regardless of the circumstances, I deeply regret the loss of innocent lives. On this occasion the Taliban chose to hide amongst civilians and then attacked Afghan and U.S. forces. I wish to assure President (Ashraf) Ghani and the people of Afghanistan that we will take all possible measures to protect Afghan civilians. We will continue to assist the Afghan security forces in their efforts to defend their country.
They are being held there illegally and the Taliban has asked for them to be released in our exchange. If they are not exchanged for us then we will be killed.
Donald Trump sir, please, I ask you, please, this is in your hands, I ask you please to negotiate with the Taliban. If you do not negotiate with them, we will be killed.
Those responsible for these attacks must be held accountable.
We're viewing this as a high-risk mission...We're not in any way viewing this as a noncombat mission, or something to take lightly.
(The three countries) expressed particular concern about the rising activity in the country of extremist groups including the Afghan branch of ISIS.
Discussion about the situation in Afghanistan, even if well-intentioned, in the absence of Afghans cannot help the real situation and also raises serious questions about the purpose of such meetings.
The ability to negotiate, the ability to assure they will go ahead and deliver on their part of the bargain, if there is a bargain, is a practical constraint. But we all should be concerned. It's despicable what they've suffered. It is heart-rendering. And it also indicates how despicable the Taliban and the Haqqani network ... are.
It's obviously reprehensible to hold them in the first place, let's put that aside, they need to be released period. But to include children in the video is specifically despicable. We want to see them all safely returned and I can assure you that this administration will continue to work very, very hard to see that outcome.
We understand both sides hate us, and are content to leave us and our two surviving children in these problems. But we can only ask and pray that somebody will recognise the atrocities these men carry out against us as so-called retaliation, in their ingratitude and hypocrisy.
We are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their young children and call for their unconditional release.
The Taliban never protects projects, and it isn't their job. There is no stake for a terrorist group in the [national] projects.
Taliban spokesmen have been presenting the movement as a competent, development-oriented government-in-waiting, one that can advance the welfare of the Afghan people more efficiently than the current Afghan government.
The United States presence and continued support to Afghan forces and strategic partnership with the government of Afghanistan demonstrates to the world that America is and will remain committed to a sovereign and secure Afghanistan.
In his meetings with senior Afghan officials, the secretary will discuss the growing capabilities and resilience demonstrated by Afghan security forces in recent months. He will also discuss ongoing efforts to continue building Afghan combat capacity including aviation.
He wanted to spend his holiday at home but was captured on Thursday by local Taliban and they hanged him in public. As soon as we got information, we tried to help him but the Taliban hanged him immediately.
Once we finish our investigation and fact-finding, we will share the details.
More than any other criminal prosecution that we have seen since 9/11, this case really gets at some of the awkward legal problems that arise from applying ordinary criminal law on a battlefield.
I would be very surprised if he could get any traction on this legal argument at all.
You know what this guy was accused of? Things that soldiers do in war.
After this attack, American forces have agreed to share that information about their Afghan workers with us.
He was a former Taliban ... working inside the base for a long time, gained their trust, and based on that trust he carried out this attack.
For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple: We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.
Police have surrounded the area and our forces are inside the compound.
Gold, emeralds, rubies, and amethyst are all illegally mined by local militiamen and the Taliban who profit by hundreds of millions of afghanis monthly.
I have been digging mines, especially lapis, for years.
These mines are created by our Allah for us to dig and feed our families and it is not the property of the government or others.
The local people invited them back because it is good business.
The Taliban provide protection for the villagers to mine and the people are happy to do it despite the fact that there's a presidential decree banning any uncontrolled mining.
Some of our Afghan partners also died. Our service members were doing their part to help the Afghans secure their own country while protecting our homeland from those who would do us harm. On this difficult day, please keep their families, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers. We will honor their sacrifice by finishing our important mission in Afghanistan.
On behalf of all of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, today's loss is heartbreaking and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our service members who lost their lives today. Our wounded soldiers are receiving the best medical care possible and we are keeping them and their families in our thoughts today, as well.
Our service members were doing their part to help the Afghans secure their own country while protecting our homeland from those who would do us harm.
It is not a common event.
We selected the engineers by only considering their expertise and experience. It was a transparent process and women engineers went through the same selection process as their male counterparts.
Our participation in this important project breaks the taboo that considers women to be too weak to work on construction projects. It's a huge responsibility on each and every one of us. We strive for excellence and work hard to achieve success beyond expectation. And we want to prove that women are capable of implementing national projects.
FIA along with security forces came, entered her house, searched all belongings and took important papers including $2,800.
The locals were so angry and they were throwing stones toward the governor's building.
The group is former Taliban who just a year ago announced their support to their Islamic State group and changed their white flag to black.
The increase in strikes is due to the additional authorities U.S. forces received and due to the Afghan change in strategy to offensive operations. The new authorities have allowed the U.S. to be more proactive and deliberate in supporting this year's Afghan offensive operations and in aggressively targeting (Islamic State).
Coalition air power degrades the enemies capability, denies their sanctuary and eliminates their ability to take or hold territory.
I am staying here in France because I will seek asylum and I didn't go to the UK. Because I have many issues to leave my country. It's about the Taliban, I have a problem, so I leave my country. It's difficult for me but I will survive.
The new report shows a worrying reversal in efforts to combat the persistent problem of illicit drugs and their impact on development, health and security.
The delegation was sent to discuss some major issues with Pakistani leadership including the arrests of Afghan refugees and their repatriation to Afghanistan.
Increased fighting in densely populated areas makes it imperative for parties to take immediate steps to ensure all feasible precautions are being taken to spare civilians from harm.
Helmand continues to be the Taliban's main effort. So they commit a lot of effort and a lot of capability into Helmand.
It is not possible for us to predict who among the refugees will become the president of Afghanistan or the leader of the Taliban.
Once he became Emir, he left with his whole family. You can't teach religion and run [the Taliban's] government at the same time. And it would of course have been dangerous for us and the students and the mosque if he remained here.
We are sad that he is gone because he was a great teacher and a great asset for this mosque.
Akhundzada lived for many years in Kuchlak. I met him many times. He used to come to Quetta often.
I strongly reject any organised presence of Taliban in Baluchistan.
An investigation is under way.
An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Baghlan province due to some technical problem.
There is fighting in every street and the situation is critical.
This a model for what might be possible ... I think the message from every person here would be to the Taliban: take note.
There are several countries that actually can help come together, and I urge Russia, China, Pakistan, India and Iran to think about the special role that they could play in this region in order to make a major difference ... in reaching peace with the Taliban.
There is a path forward towards an honourable end to the conflict that the Taliban have waged – it is a conflict that cannot and will not be won on the battlefield. A political settlement negotiated with the Afghan government is the only way to end the fighting, ensure lasting stability, and achieve a full drawdown ultimately of international military forces, which is their goal.
Their goal of ridding Afghanistan of external forces will not occur by ... the continued insurgency, it will come though peace.
The Taliban and their allies cannot wait us out ... We will not abandon our Afghan friends.
In return for keeping these commitments, Hekmatyar's group will be able to emerge from the shadows to rejoin Afghan society.
I totally reject claims that the Taliban have taken over Kunduz city.
Intense fighting is going on right now at the governor's compound and the NDS (intelligence agency) office.
A massive operation started on Kunduz capital from four directions early this morning.
At this point, we are not observing evidence via our internal means to support the reports that Kunduz is under significant attack.
Now is the time for the Taliban and other groups to decide whether they want to continue the war, or participate in peace talks.
When any woman or girl commits an act that is considered a crime, the governor or police commander calls me and says 'we don't have any prisons for women here, so if possible, keep her at your place'. Then I provide a safe location for the women and keep them until their time is served.
The situation is settled in a way in which it is, once again, women who are losing. The main challenge for women in Paktika is not having a prison and a safe house upon their release.
(Hekmatyar's) arrival is likely to intensify tensions within an already fragile state by opening up historical grievances among different factions and strongmen. The key question is whether some of these rival leaders are ready to give up a piece of a pie to their arch enemy.
I hope that this is the beginning of a permanent peace in our country.
The suicide bomber was in a crowded mosque, he shouted 'Allahu akbar' (God is greatest) and then there was a huge blast. A portion of the mosque and verandah collapsed in the blast and fell on worshippers. We are still retrieving bodies and the injured from the rubble of the mosque.
There is hope that, God willing, the agreement will be finalised soon and we will witness a major step towards the creation of peace environment and end of fighting.
This morning was very bad, but the security situation is better now. This morning the circle of fighting was a kilometer or so from the main bazaar. The government and (officials) were all escaping to the airport and trying to get out to Kandahar.
I would tell you that the video is still being examined for its validity. We remain concerned, obviously, about the welfare of Caitlan and her family, and we continue to urge for their immediate release on humanitarian grounds.
Congress is no longer willing to fund a state that supports the Afghan Taliban, which is killing American soldiers.
If we don't receive support from the central government, the province will collapse soon.
The claim of responsibility by Jamaat-ur-Ahrar is more credible.
The ISIS claim seems very unconvincing.
That's why they attack at night, and that's why they can see our men but our men can't see them. This new group is so effective that only four Taliban captured a police compound where more than 20 soldiers were living.
They are being looked after, being provided tea, food, everything. We are in touch with the Pakistani officials. We conveyed to them that they are in safe hands.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani assured all possible assistance in this regard.
Formal and informal channels are being used to ensure safe recovery of the entire crew.
We have lost many of our family and friends here, We have come here to bury our martyred and name the hill the martyred hill.
Every civilian casualty represents a failure of commitment and should be a call to action for parties to the conflict to take meaningful, concrete steps to reduce civilians' suffering and increase protection.
As President and Commander in Chief, I've made it clear that I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again. The narrow missions assigned to our forces will not change. They remain focused on supporting Afghan forces and going after terrorists.
We went into Afghanistan to make it more peaceful, and so far we haven't succeeded.
Our agency wasn't created until half the money or more was spent.
The bottom line is too much has been wasted in Afghanistan. Too much money was spent in too small a country with too little oversight. And if the security situation continues to deteriorate, even areas where money was spent wisely and gains were made, could be jeopardized.
The initial reports found five civilians were killed and 19 others wounded in Sunday morning's attack on Logar provincial Appeal Court office building.
Prospects for the Afghan peace process remain poor. The Taliban leadership, including the new commander, Mullah Akhundzada, believe military victory is only a matter of time.
It was much quicker than most people expected, including myself. It shows that the Taliban are keen not to have a new conflict.
Prospects for the Afghan peace process remain poor. The Taliban leadership including the new commander Mullah Akhundzada believe military victory is only a matter of time.
We will continue on this path.
Latest developments offer Taliban groups opportunity to end violence and resume peaceful life; else they will face the fate of their leadership.
Attacks against judicial authorities are cowardly and contrary to international humanitarian law. the mission urges "authorities to do everything in their power to ensure adequate protection of judicial officials.
You could not see a spot of paint ... that's how bad it was hit. How was a passport lying just a few yards away? So first we have to establish that, whether he was actually using it.
These guys don't retire. Their retirement is death. They say in their propaganda their goal is to die fighting, and they do. And then they're replaced.
Fighting may well pick up in some parts of the country after the killing of the Taliban leader, with suicide and bomb attacks (used) as a means of downplaying the importance of losing their leader.
We have had longstanding conversations with Pakistan and Afghanistan about this objective with respect to Mullah Mansour, and both countries' leaders were notified of the air strike. Mullah Mansour, as I said a moment ago, has been actively involved in planning attacks in Kabul, across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and to the coalition forces that are there.
Peace is what we want. Mansour was a threat to that effort. He also was directly opposed to peace negotiations and to the reconciliation process. It is time for Afghans to stop fighting and to start building a real future together.
Haqqani ... as a non-Kandahari and as someone who is unfamiliar with the insurgency landscape beyond Loya Paktia, would likely struggle to gain the support of the powerful southern Taliban commanders who still dominate.
This action sends a clear message to the world that we will continue to stand with our Afghan partners as they look to build a more stable, united, secure and prosperous Afghanistan. The United States has long maintained that an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned reconciliation process is the shortest way to achieve peace and peace is what we want. Mansour was a threat to that effort and to bringing an end to the violence.
With the killing of Mullah Mansoor, those groups of the Taliban get a chance to stop the bloodshed and fighting, come to their own country from foreigner's soil and join the peace process.
If Mansour is dead it will provoke a crisis inside the Taliban.
We believe that there should be effective action by Afghan national security forces to ensure that there are no military gains by the Taliban. [The Taliban] need to realise that they would have more to gain on the table than they can do on the battlefield. Pakistan was doing all it could to bring the insurgents to the negotiating table.
I've dealt with the Taliban and al Qaeda. I'm not scared of some ignorant, uneducated, a-------.
There's no one sole source of the Haqqani network's strength, though three places you can point to are its personnel, its links to Pakistan, and its ties to the Gulf region.
I can't imagine the Afghans would be able to take on the Haqqanis themselves. I'm not sure they'd be able to take them on even with assistance from foreign combat forces.
Russia has and always had its vital interests in this region. We believe that attempts to resolve this (Afghan) issue without Russia are unreasoned and precipitous.
There is a serious and a real threat of instability spilling over into neighbouring countries and regions.
We have made our decision and the decision was announced by the president today. Now it is Pakistan's turn to fulfill their promise according the decision of the four nations meetings.
But we want Pakistan to fulfil its promises ... and take military action against their sanctuaries and leadership based on its soil. If they can't target them, they should hand them over to our judiciary. If we do not see a change, despite our sincere efforts for regional cooperation, we will be forced to turn to the UN Security Council and start serious diplomatic efforts.
The nation is not blind, people understand who the slave is and who works for the interest of others.
We've seen that there have been attempts with the Taliban to negotiate with them. Do you ever see a point where we could negotiate with the Islamic State (ISIL)?
It was a crowded area and it is hard to say now how many of them were from the defense ministry.
The funds will help us to make national progress, particularly on poverty and women and … that is a solution to the problems that we are facing, that is conflict, violence, and, very importantly, migration.
We ask the international community and the European community to continue with their financial and moral support to the people of Afghanistan so that we can have a country with calm, peace and stability.
The attack this week by the Taliban in Kunduz province showed that Afghanistan has a long road to achieving peace, it also reminded the international community once more that if government and civil bodies in Afghanistan are not supported enough, there may be the danger that the country may turn into another Iraq.
I am here to reiterate the national determination to fight terrorism to eliminate it from our society. The fight is not over. In the last three years, the government and security agencies have reduced terrorist activities. We will follow the path of success, despite recent attempts.
Terrorists should know that failure is their fate.
The relationship between US and Pakistan has been a troubled one. Though the government of Pakistan is considered America's ally in the fight on terrorism, Pakistan's behaviour would suggest otherwise. While we give them billions of dollars in aid, we are simultaneously aware of their intelligence and military apparatus assisting the Afghan Taliban.
We are urging the Taliban to do this and we hope that they (talks) will start as soon as possible to prevent the beginning of a new 'combat season.
The district is completely under the control of the government security forces, the enemy never took control of Sangin district.
I was the boss of ambassadors in 270 countries. I was the boss of ambassadors in places like Afghanistan, where shortly before I visited one time, the embassy had been under brutal assault by the Taliban for hours. I am very well aware of the dangers that are faced by our diplomats and our development professionals. There was never a recommendation from Chris Stevens or anyone else to close Benghazi.
It's very important that somehow there is some clarity on what happened, and that as a community we reaffirm that we are upholding the Geneva Conventions. Otherwise, as a humanitarian aid actor, it won't be possible to continue to work.
To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fire was a US decision made within the US chain of command. A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility.
We can not rely on the US internal military investigation.
Silence has long been confused with neutrality… We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill.
We have now learned that on October 3, Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from US forces. An air strike was then called to eliminate the Taliban threat, and several civilians were accidentally struck.
The scale of this tragedy is significant enough… So there are actually three different investigation ongoing. Each of these investigations will be aimed at trying to get as much accuracy as possible around the details of what transpired and the lead up to this tragedy.
Six armed men in military uniforms entered the prison. First they broke the lock of the prison's main entrance, then they shouted to the prisoners 'We are the Taliban. We have come to free you from this jail.
Roads to the prison were covered with land mines in advance to avoid reinforcement. An army vehicle coming for reinforcements was blown up by a roadside bomb while trying to reach the prison.
Forty Afghan security forces and prison guards were killed in the prison break and important military mujahideen officials have been freed.
For example, in eastern Nangahar, they were able to kick out Taliban from some of the districts. That is also a danger for the peace process, because I don't think that all Taliban would agree with the peace process. Some of the field commanders, they might refuse and they could become members of Daesh.
My mother was killed…but I am not afraid and I will get an education.
It is planned, anticipated, that right before election day, that there will be a surge of activity by the insurgents.
The international community still has responsibilities in Afghanistan. Their responsibilities have not finished yet because there is still a war going on. We are asking not to be forgotten. We are still not standing on our own feet, even after the transition, and we need financial help.
Before, we were scared of people, the opposition and the Taliban, but fortunately today we have our people beside us to stand up and fight against any obstacles ahead of us.
"No outside forces should be allowed to enter Pakistani territory. It is a violation of our sovereignty, and we should give no country permission to do that."
In light of the results of the investigation, I have no reason to doubt that German soldiers acted appropriately in military terms given the difficult situation….
A lot of irregularities which have taken place should have been prevented and shouldn't have happened, so there are a lot of complaints about irregularities throughout the country. There are reports of rigging.
We say the same thing; Maybe we won't need a second round and Abdulla won.
We commit to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Pakistani people in your fight for peace and security. We will give you the help that you need, in order to achieve your goal.
We have always acknowledged that reconciliation has to be part of the solution ultimately in Afghanistan and we will do whatever we can to support that process.
Everybody in Pakistan should examine whether they are making as much of a contribution as they could in this moment of need. But I understand from the comments that have been made that the Pakistanis are in fact examining ways to improve their revenue base.
The Taliban issue was not discussed here. This was not on the agenda. What was on the agenda was the energy report. What was on the agenda is what we need to do in the water sector. What was on the agenda was how to build the capacity of the institutions.
They are focusing on the east of Afghanistan but they are spreading their activities into Kabul.
The operation started ten years by Jospin and Chirac naturally has a fixed term. And this term isn't fixed by the Taliban. It's fixed by the conviction we all have, President Karzai included, that a country of 30-million inhabitants must be able to assure its own security and can not accept foreign military bases on its territory.
In view of the contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the peace process, the Afghan government suspended the negotiations.
They have a force of 350,000 soldiers and police. They are trained and they have received a lot of equipment… and we are still going to be there with the resolute support mission.
Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, and drug traffickers and criminal elements and local war lords remain active and committed to destroying democracy in Afghanistan. Defeating them will require the full commitment of our alliance. For NATO to succeed, its commanders on the ground must have the resources and flexibility they need to do their jobs.
I think it is mainly the show of solidarity with mujahadeen in Afghanistan with those millions of people who fought during Jihad against the Soviet Union and also during resistance for liberation of Afghanistan against Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Over the past 2 years, there's been a significant amount of development. It's really evident in seeing how many people are out in the street. They're walking around, going to markets, talking with the Afghan border police. And you can see, we probably have 3 or 4 more police trucks driving around here and doing their patrols. And that presence really sends the message to the people that it's safe, we're here to help protect you.
We have our own national army and national police who can stand against any enemy like the Taliban, Pakistan and Iran.
We are requesting both parties in this conflict, be it the Taliban, the international forces of the Afghan National forces that they make the protection of the civilians their prime concern and their prime objective.
The insurgents were using a compound, which at that point our forces didn't know whether it was occupied by the civilians.
We, the Tehreeke Taliban Pakistan, claim responsibility for what happened. We believe the Pakistani police and army are not for protecting Muslims, but their mission is to finish off the Mujahideen.
You must abstain from all these bad activities and not commit these activities in Pakistan.
Once the military operation is over, very soon we will start the development programmes, providing jobs for people, reconstruction. Bringing the rule of law and the eradication of poppies are all included in our programmes.
I hope there'll be a sense of responsibility. Nothing's changed about Italy's commitment in Afghanistan. I don't see why the centre-right should vote against it.
I think there is a danger that the Taliban could take over Afghanistan and it's one of the reasons why the United States, together with other outside parties to this effort, is trying very hard to send messages that we intend to keep helping after 2014.
She also asked her mother: 'How are the two other girls, Shazia and Kainat?' She enquired about their health and she told me on the phone, please bring me my books of class nine and I will attend my examination in Swat, board examination.
I am delighted that that rescue attempt has been successful. All four hostages are now safely back at the British Embassy in Kabul. None of our soldiers was injured. A number of Taliban and hostage-takers have been killed.
All this was wired up to go pretty much at the same time, so if we came down this road instead of coming from the east it would have been real bad.
In any insurgency like the current insurgency in Afghanistan, as long as the Taliban leadership remain in safe havens, in sanctuaries inside Pakistan, they receive financial, logistical support and they could freely move around Pakistan. It is very difficult to defeat this insurgency just by killing rank and file and low level Taliban fighters.
The overall assessment shows that NATO has been unable to defeat the Taliban. Instead, they have regrouped and expanded their territory, intensifying attacks against NATO and the government.
There was a blast, then there was a lot of gunfire. Gunmen were spraying bullets at everyone.
Every day there is more of this violence and these killings. We want the government to take serious action to stop it.
We want the government to take serious steps in this case of the killing of women, to bring the culprits to trial.
Our initial indications were that there were about 30 insurgent fighters in the compound that we fired upon, if there were any civilians in the compound we regret the loss of life or injury, but we don't have a number of how many civilians there might be and we are trying to assess how civilians may have been killed, if they were, because at this point we have no indication how they may have died.
The operation is still in progress. As you are aware, in the afternoon, I had mentioned that clearance of the southern portion of the madrassa was in progress and during that clearance, in one of the basements, Abdul Rashid Ghazi and some of his men got killed.
We will not allow big fraud to decide the outcome of the elections, there is no doubt that the state crafted, very widespread engineered fraud has been under way.
I assured President Karzai that Pakistan will continue to extend all possible facilitation (regarding Taliban peace talks), to the international community's efforts for the realisation of this noble goal. Pakistan would also help reinforce the regional efforts in support of stabilisation of Afghanistan.
In principle, Afghanisation is, of course, the only way to go. The people of Afghanistan have to be responsible, ultimately, for solving this war and bringing this country to peace. They rely on the support of the international community for that, but we have to be careful about the word 'Afghanisation' … it really covers a broad policy disposition.
If you allow a failed state in that strategic of a location, you're going to pay for it. And I know that there's a sacrifice. And I know that it's hard work. And I know that there are times when it seems that things are not going in a straight line.
If their essential stronghold is taken, they'll have to go elsewhere and reorganise themselves, and this will take time. I think this plays an important role, and obviously there is also the problem of the opium, which is also produced in this region.
There are some people in the Arab world who hand over money because they think it's the right thing to do, or because they're scared of certain reactions. They pay to continue to have a normal life. So, there's a form of racketeering going on.
At the end of the day it's a fight for the heart of the people, who have to choose between two systems. Neither one is perfect – that's the least we can say. But they have to choose the less bad one, and indirectly the less bad one for us, because we have to avoid Afghanistan becoming a sanctuary again.
Especially for girls we were having a lot of problems because in their view (parents'view) education is not very important for girls, because in their own areas early marriages are very common. Children are married from when they are 9, 10 or 12, and education has no importance for them.
Parents were threatend by the Taliban. They didn't send their girls to school because otherwise it would have become a problem for them.
They are exposed to a new environment, where they have opportunities for schooling, they have health education also. As long as they live in this camp they should know about the importance of education and they should be aware that when they go back they should struggle for their children's education and send their children to school.
Between 2008 and 2010 over 4 million people fled the tribal areas in north west Pakistan because of internal conflicts and the war against terrorism. Some of the displaced people came to Jalozai camp, near Peshawar. Here, thousands of girls have started going to school for the first time.
The pullout of 10,000 to 15,000 American troops from the south will definitely impact security in Afghanistan, because these troops are stationed near borders with Pakistan. If they leave, the insurgents will easily cross the border and infiltrate Afghanistan.
We now need to implement the agreement that was made in London yesterday. I think it is a very strong agreement about security, about governance, about economy and above all the political settlements Afghanistan needs.
Well I think they know that this is a battle that is much more difficult. That Afghan society is rampant with rumours. Not only is this an horrific event, but you are probably going to have exaggeration, you are probably going to have the Taliban taking advantage of this and telling other villagers that this is what Americans are doing and that they might do it again. They are going to put the fear in as many villagers as they possibly can.
These acts will undermine all the efforts to stabilise Afghanistan, it will also provide more tools for the insurgents to provoke people against the Afghan government and its international partners.
This kind of incident will have a negative impact and will create distrust between the people and coalition forces, and of course it will have negative impact on the ongoing negotiation, with regards to strategic partnerships.
At this time, as far as we know, there are about 500 people hostage. The women have been separated from the children and locked up.
I've come here to show solidarity with the Afghan people and to remind us all that the reason why 41 countries are in Afghanistan in support of the democracy of Afghanistan, is that we will not allow the Taliban or terrorists to defy the democratic will of the Afghan people.
The independent Human Rights Commission has also documented distressing instances of civilian casualties resulting from the operation of international forces.
For those Afghans living in the Southern Province of Afghanistan who face murder and destruction at the hands of terrorists or even to those civilians who inadvertently fall victim to counter-terrorism operations, demand on justice is reduced to a bleak minimum.
I think it is important that we not let this success here in Afghanistan slip away from us and that we keep the initiative. There's no reason to sit back and let the Taliban regroup and threaten the progress that's been made.
My family has been threatened several times because we are three sisters in the boxing club, they asked my family why the three girls from one family are boxing. Boxing is a hard and difficult sport even for men that is why people are surprised and our family was threatened because of our choice.
I am confident with actionable intelligence we will be able to bring top al Qaeda to justice, constant communications with the Pakistan government. It is in their interest that foreign fighters be brought to justice.
Our security forces confronted and killed them. They destroyed them. It is good that this operation was over in about four, five hours.
The senior leadership of the Taliban advises all subgroups to respect the Taliban's call for a ceasefire and abide by it and completely refrain from all jihadi activities in this time period.
The Taliban forced us to leave at gunpoint. They took us to the hills and left us there. We have come back voluntarily.
We have put the Taliban on the defensive by the combined efforts of everyone. At the same time our strategy for the future is development, defence and diplomacy, all three working together.
I think Americans and all our coalition partners need to understand that this will be difficult. I won't predict casualty numbers but I do believe that there will be a difficult struggle with the insurgency in the months ahead.
We changed some of our structures and I believe we are on the way to convincing the Afghan people that we are here to protect them.
We have not agreed to start handing over the lead, the conditions are not yet right. The Afghan security forces are not yet strong enough and I must also stress that transition when it happens does not mean NATO forces leave.
It costs about 50 times more to support a NATO soldier in Afghanistan than it costs to support an Afghan soldier.
We are not negotiating with the Taliban. There are humanitarian channels following this matter and I believe that, to achieve our aim, they must be allowed to act in the greatest discretion.
You don't negotiate a peace deal at the end of a war with your friends. We've seen in many other conflict situations that you have to have a political address if you are going to begin a political conversation.
They went to see the flag ceremony at the Wagah border.
The President has constitutional responsibilities and constitutional authorities to protect American citizens and members of our armed forces. That's what he did. America does not leave its soldiers behind. We made the right decision, and we did it for the right reasons – to bring home one of our own people.
War is a dirty business. And we don't like to deal with those realities, but realities they are.
It was disturbing. It showed deterioration in his physical appearance and mental state compared to previous videos.
Our initial understanding of what happened yesterday appears to be an individual, a rogue who commited this. We are putting every effort, as you can imagine, into tracking this man down and those responsible for it.
The death of five brave soldiers in a single incident is a terrible and tragic loss. And I want to pay tribute, as the whole house will, to their professionalism, courage and service.
It is unacceptable and they must come to an immediate halt. In terms of the UN's commitment to Afghanistan, this won't change. The UN here, of course, is committed. It has been for the past many decades now in Afghanistan and remains committed to helping Afghanistan on the path to peace and stability.
I'm concerned about the violence which is underway today, about security incidents but on the whole I'm very positive.
It's the second presidential and parliamentary elections in Afghanistan and I'm sure that, Inch Allah, this will be for peace, for progress and for the wellbeing of the Afghan people.
We have seen Afghans defying threats of intimidation and violence to exercise their democratic rights and I would like to say that seen from a security point of view, the elections today have been a success, not least thanks to the efforts by the Afghan national security forces.
They've all left the area, what was their drugs capital and what was their IED centre has been abandoned by the Taliban and we are just opening this route and now we can press on and clear the whole area.
The Islamic Government of Afghanistan has confirmed the detentions of two foreigners by the intelligence service. We confirm it as well.
The government of Pakistan does not see this drone attack as an attack on an individual, but as an attack on the peace process (…) the entire perspective of Pak-U.S. relations and cooperation is going to be reviewed.
It is only now that I can send my sympathies to the family of Mastrogiacomo for all they have suffered in the past few days, as well as the director of La Republica who has followed this story step by step. It was an extremely complicated matter.
We have not brought any of our belongings. We just tried to get ourselves out of there. Three of my sons are still in the village and the other three have come with me.
There was limited resistance, no real resistance, much less than expected. We did find several IEDs and bombs and things like that.
We're protesting here because American soldiers burned our holy Koran in Wardak province. We will continue this protest to make Americans embarrassed about their actions.
Yes we will be drawing down some of our troops this year and next year. And yes, we will be ending combat operations by the end of 2014. We won't have troops in anything like that number we have now, but we will have a long term relationship.
Thank God, with the support of NATO and Afghan troops we managed to drive out the enemy and clear all the villages in Arghandab district. The Taliban received hundreds of casualties, killed and wounded. Many heavy and light weapons have been left behind.
Nowadays girls education is getting improved. We have 38 percent from total students, 38 percent of them in the entire country are girls, but in my province we have 44 percent, which is a little bit above the country level of education.
To be honest, no. It was much more better – I cannot tell 10 years ago – but at least six years and seven years ago, it was much better than today. But I am sure with the commitment of the international community, we can get something. And the peace process is going on.
Everything is getting better, much better since 2001. But violence against women is still a problem. And it's due to the lack of education, the poverty is another cause or another reason for that, and the lack of awareness among women, these are the main problems for the violence against women.
No, never. Because I am a part of the government of Afghanistan. We have to bring change. If everyone distances themselves, who will work ? Maybe there is corruption on the government of Afghanistan, but we have to correct it, we have to not to allow to follow the mistake, but President Karzaï himself announced that he will not run for a third term, and he will give the chance (to someone else), and legally he is not allowed to run for the third term.
All of them, they do not the same position and they don't have the same ideas. There are people that want to bring some change, they want to make a good system, to help the people of Afghanistan.
The Taliban doesn't have a fixed address that there we can discuss with them, and with whom. For example Mullah Omar is not present, he's just making some noise or making announcements through the media. So because the address of Taliban is not clear, it's better to look for the cause of problem which is Pakistan.
How could you get power from a symbol that is so humiliating and demeaning to women's power? Projecting a symbol that is so closely associated with the submission of women and you are now just reimagining and reimaging the burka, the symbol of suppression, as a symbol of resistance.
The cash payments are done by various friendly countries to help the presidential office and to help dispense assistance… in various ways to the employees around here, to people outside, and this is transparent.
It was in an area where everything belonged to the Americans. It was their rubbish.
Foreign militaries, especially the United States of America, are going ahead with these negotiations.
We regret this tragic loss of life. We will try and strive to improve our tactics, techniques and procedures.
It shows the limited capacity of the government to provide rule of law in areas that are controlled by the Taliban. But what is even more frustrating is that in areas that are under government control we still don't see an approach to dealing with these cases, that really honours the elimination of violence against women.
The proposal originally came from the centre right Francophone party. But no other party, neither greens nor the left, dared to say we support the burqa.
We will continue this war as long as there is a single terrorist left on our soil.
The Taliban won't say 'we will let the French go quietly'. As long as they can strike and kill, they will.
When our team arrived in the villages yesterday afternoon they saw dozens of bodies in two areas where the fighting and bombing had taken place. In two villages they saw graves and they saw people being buried and they understand from the community first aid workers from the Afghan Red Crescent who were on the spot, they had treated dozens of casualties who had already been evacuated.
I don't think anybody in the alliance is interested in eradicating crops or doing things that would involve individual farmers, but if we have the opportunity to go after drug lords and drug laboratories and try and interrupt this flow of cash to the Taliban, this seems to me like a legitimate security endeavour.
In the coming days you will see a demonstration of that capability in a series of operations led by the Afghans and supported by Nato in central Helmand.
There is a very high tempo of activity. NATO forces, particularly in the south, are not only working hard, but they are stretched. There is no denying that they are stretched and that more forces would allow all of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission to achieve its objectives more quickly and at lower risk.
All I know is that the Polish decision is a very bold one. We are talking about the battalions here, as we said yesterday in the media, in other allies there is also still ongoing discussion, so I think in this respect that we're doing well.
It is important to note that incidents of violence against women still remain largely under-reported due to cultural constraints, social norms and taboos, customary practices in discrimination against women. Also, prevailing insecurity and weak rule of law have hampered women's access to formal justice institutions.
When I got out and started walking, the explosion happened. The same type of car that I was in was destroyed. The target was an American car. A lot people were killed and wounded and I saw them them being evacuated to hospital.
Members of the Hezb-i-Islami has stopped brother killing and will refrain from the destruction of the country.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported Bowe. He's had a wonderful team. We will continue to stay strong for Bo while he recovers.
A suicide bomber detonated his car loaded with explosives in front of a guesthouse used by foreign and Afghan citizens and now a number of suicide bombers are apparently inside. A gunfight is under way. There are no reports of possible casualties.
I came here today to vote and chose the leader of Afghanistan. I believe that the future of Afghanistan is in the hands of the young generation, that is why I'm participating. There is no security concern.
Operations in Swat, Buner and adjoining areas have almost met complete success, only five to ten percent are remaining. Hopefully in the next two to three days, these pockets of resistance will be cleared and thereafter the reconstruction work will start in order to allow the IDPs (Internally Displaced People) to come back to their home areas.
After Ahmad Wali Karzai we all know that no-one else will be able to fill the vacuum and chaos might return back in Kandahar (sic) and this is a tremendous achievement for the Taliban.
There was a big bang which wounded some people. I don't know the exact number of wounded but it was really powerful.
They have fought to ensure that international terrorism no longer finds a safe haven in Afghanistan and many have shed their blood for this cause.
Time and time again, we have seen them dealing quickly and competently with complex attacks, defeating the enemies of Afghanistan, and defending and protecting the Afghan people.
We hope that our brothers the Taliban also understand that the process will move to our country soon.
The station is in mourning. It has been a terrible loss for us, a large number of personnel has been involved, but as ever, the professionalism is shining through and everybody is pulling together with 120 squad to support the families involved.
Trainers are the ticket to transition. President Karzai and I have signed an agreement on a long term partnership between NATO and Afghanistan that will endure beyond our combat mission. To put it simply if the Taliban or anyone else aims to wait us out they can forget it. We will stay as long as it takes to finish our job.
If there are any attacks on the day of the election, there is no motivation for the people to go out and take a risk to vote for candidates. Most of them, they don't know them and we have a large number of candidates.
While we commend Dr Abdullah for being very brave, for having run a very good campaign, for having been a very good contender in the elections, we believe it is very unfortunate he has withdrawn his name from the second round, but, all that said, we believe that the elections have to go on, the process has to complete itself, the people of Afghanistan have to be given the right to vote.
I think this is a very very tragic incident which is very deplorable because for four, five months we have not had such a tragic incident.
It is a major source of suffering for the people of Afghanistan that we are cultivator of the opium poppy. Terrorism and opium feed off each other. The profits enrich the Taliban. This provides wealth for terrorism. We believe that when peace comes to Afghanistan, this problem will also be solved – when nationwide and lasting peace prevails.
I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters – but we will never be defeated.
The US soldiers who urinated on dead bodies of Muslims have committed a crime. We don't want them on our soil anymore. We want all foreign soldiers to leave Afghanistan.
We will never take part in a puppet government which is controlled by foreign forces. The Kabul government is made of thieves, corrupt people and criminals.
The insurgency in Afghanistan did not just happen overnight and we won't defeat it overnight. This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget, this is not a war of choice, this is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans.
We are delighted to be here to have a continuing trilateral discussion with respect to the security and other issues regarding the relationships in the region as well as the road forward heading towards 2014.
Yes, that's exactly right, that's what I'm thinking, when you walk across Afghanistan, Kabul, for example, you see the images of the heroes everywhere, people who I won't name, who become important thanks to their military career. I want to change that, I want sporting champions to take the place of the military or the soldier. When I was young my idol was Michael Jordan.
And I am firm in my desire to move forward, I lived through the war, for 9 years, and I know that you need help in times of war. If not then you're let down.
Do sport if you want to become a champion, do good things if you want peace, don't kill anyone, don't destroy anything if you believe in God, let him decide for the others not you, I am nobody to decide whether to kill someone because they are an infidel, I am not allowed to do that.
From Germany to the United States it is pictures of sports champions that hang on the walls, I want this to also be the case in Afghanistan. Whether or not Bin Laden is alive his ideas are still present, four to five months ago an 11-year-old detonated a bomb in Paktia, Bin Laden is dead, but his thoughts and beliefs remain alive. Young people must be told that suicide bombings are wrong, it is forbidden by the Qur'an.
If I withdraw now, peace will never return to the country. You know, the day of my fight, all Afghans, from the street-kids in Karzai to women who had never seen a boxing match, and also our old fathers and grandfathers, all of them prayed for me, their prayers protect me, so I am afraid of nothing, I only fear god.
Well, Ali is a Legend, he helped the African people, black people, a lot. He is my idol, my hero, but me, I'm Hamid and Ali is Ali. I try to do everything for my country, I think it's possible to establish peace but there has to be the desire, the will to do it, if not.. then even if there are thousands of military forces there, they will not be able to create peace.
The Taliban is not the only enemy of my country, there were many others who were opposed to my project, who wanted to make sure it doesn't lead to anything. These threats and obstacles are numerous in Afghanistan, but it's these same threats that stimulate me and encourage me and help me to keep going.
I know Kabul very well and the inhabitants of this city. The situation has deteriorated compared to the time of the Taliban, there were not as many poor children in the streets as we see today.
I've already felt war, I've lived through it, war is a hopeless misery, war does nothing for peace and tranquillity. War has taken the lives of many people in Afghanistan and I believe there are more victims of war in Afghanistan than anywhere else in the world.
It is serious between us, but we won't let the media fix the date. You'll probably only find out about it when it's already happened.
American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. The Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions then ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our allies South Korea and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.
In Pakistan, al Qaeda's leadership is under more pressure than at any point since 2001. And we've sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian peninsula to all parts of the globe. We will not relent, we will not waver and we will defeat you.
In Afghanistan our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan security forces. Our purpose is clear. By preventing the Taliban from re-establishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.
America's commitment has been kept. The Iraq war is coming to an end. Of course as we speak al Qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. Thanks to our intelligence and law enforcement professionals we're disrupting plots and securing our cities and skies.
And we saw that desire to be free in Tunisia where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight let us be clear, the USA stands with the people of Tunisia and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.
Thirty one percent means what? In real terms, in human being terms, 3,268 civilians during the past six months. Afghan civilians have been the casualties of this conflict.
I believe that the Taliban watching all this progress are beginning realise that they are not going to secure a role in Afghanistan's future through terror and violence but by giving up their arms and engaging in a political process. But let me make absolutely clear: this peace process is for Afghanistan to determine.
Never before have we had a more concrete vision of Afghanistan's future. Certainly we have challenged ourselves by setting out specific measurable commitments.
Your coming here to support us morally is a major blow to the terrorists and by God's grace we will conquer the terrorists.
What we have actually done is to make the land secure for about 100,000 people. What we have done is push back the Taliban and what we have done is start to break that chain of terror that links the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the streets of Britain.
The people in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be do exactly what people in the United States and other countries are doing.
Some of the ballot boxes have to be quarantined because in some areas we have already registered our complaints with the Complaints Commission.
While I am concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardise individuals or operations, the fact is these documents don't reveal any issues that haven't already informed our public debate on Afghanistan.
We are receiving intelligence from across the country that the militants are getting ready for another savage and inhuman counter attack. All of us need to be on the alert.
Over the last few days, our British forces have been working with the Afghans, and the Americans have made huge advances clearing the area of the Taliban, making sure that people feel safer, so we have a strategy where we can strengthen the local Afghan people to be able to do the jobs we're doing and over time our British troop numbers can come down as a result.
I want to pass on my condolences to the famiy and friends of one of our soldiers – very brave, very courageous – lost in this assault, making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This has been an effort that has involved hundreds of our troops, taking very brave and courageous action.
The Taliban are not ready to enter talks. They think that they have the upper hand militarily. And also, it is against their ideology, against their core existence to enter talks or to envisage to be part of a democratic system.
You can count on the United States.
The Taliban was brutalising the people of Afghanistan. And they are not in power. And I just cited the progress that is undeniable. Now is there more work to be done? You bet! I never said the Taliban was eliminated. I said they were removed from power.
This operation will begin in July, it will be put into place and completed by the end of 2012. Until then, everything should be done to make sure that our troops fulfil their obligations, but with the highest level of security and the utmost vigilance for the lives of our soldiers.
Why didn't you take part in those talks? You had the opportunity to do so. This was also a question we received from Adil Ishaque Abbasi on Twitter, he said why did you keep yourself out of the dialogue? This would have added weight to the process.
So how can you negotiate with them then? How can you have these peace talks?
There has been a military operation against the Taliban with the end of peace efforts – marking an end to those peace efforts – after the Taliban admitted that they had the insurgency, to the extremism. So you don't support this operation at the moment?
At first, we already represented… my, our party, is represented in the talks Rustam Shah Mohmand is….
Is that not what the military is doing at the moment?
Yes, isolate the groups that are not willing to talk. So why not go against those Taliban who are responsible, who took responsibility for the killing of the 23 soldiers? Why not go after them?
Ok, you've also said, and correct me if I'm wrong, that if the Pakistani government was to withdraw its support for the US war on terror, was to stop US Malala in the head, the teenage girl who was trying to basically support kids trying to have an education, girl children have an education. They want to, they do want to impose Sharia law, certain groups do want to impose Sharia law.
I mean, I didn't know them, I don't know what they stand for, so therefore we had our representative in the committee, and actually the talks were going well until one of the Taliban groups sabotaged them by killing these soldiers.
But I think the point that you have more weight is an important one….
I believe that once the dialogue process was exhausted, then only should operations be a last resort. We have never had a proper dialogue in Pakistan ever between the political government and the Taliban. This was the first effort and this was doomed to failure because there are about 50 Taliban groups, there are some groups not interested in peace. So the moment the peace talks started, these acts of terrorism escalated.
No,no,no. Let me explain. The Taliban wanted me to represent them. How can I represent the Taliban? There are 50 groups, how can I vouch for them? So there was no question of me representing them.
How worried should we be in Europe of Pakistani militants coming over here, to Europe, to western countries and fighting their Jihad on our territory?
Isn't that a little simplistic? It just seems far too easy?
No. They are going to north Waziristan… this (attack) was done by the Momand Taliban which is a different agency all together. So they are already now bombing in north Waziristan and my fear is that this will actually lead to more violence.
So, should they have just carried on? You think they should've just carried on regardless?
My sense is that the tough fighting will continue. Indeed, it may get more intense in the next few months, as we take away the enemy's safe havens and reduce the enemy's freedom of action. The insurgents will fight back.
I need financial support to be able to offer the same kind of services with modern schools, which the Madrassas are offering. They are offering to take in the children and pay the parents to send the kids to the madrassas. I need to (be able to) do the same.
I think that all extreme forces in the world, whether they be Christians, whether they be some other religion, whether they be Muslim in faith, that extreme mind-sets need to be watched out for and are always a threat to the world.
No, I think the think-tanks (are) and that bad news is good news as far as journalism goes. So that brings it up and then draws attention to it.
I think this allegation has some merit to it, but it definitely is not true of the political government of today and we have no intention to support such an organisation, it has been banned in Pakistan, it's a banned organisation.
They need to be more responsible, they need to be more understanding and they need to understand that this is not Vietnam or Korea; that this war has to be fought where it is, otherwise the terrorists are going to follow them home.
I don't think there is any preoccupation in the West with the nuclear power I think there's always a concern. And a lot of journalists like yourself bring it up onto the horizon. I think everybody who needs to know in the world knows that Pakistan's nuclear assets are safe and in safe hands.
No, I think any state would be concerned and I would not take it away from them, there has been a bombing, there has been an attack, so you can't write it off, of course there's a concern, but these are non state actors, which have taken the super powers to war.
There have always been counter allegations from each other in the past and I wouldn't want to point fingers to anybody.
If the situation goes unattended, if I look the other way and we do not confront this cancer of Talibanisation of course it's going to spread and not only is it going to spread in Pakistan, but it is going to spread all around the world, so that is a very genuine threat and one should be aware of it.
Failures to adequately vet, train and supervise armed security personnel have been wide spread. Posed grave risks to US and coalition troops as well as Afghan civilians.
I want to express my total dismay at the story concerning our marines, who I have the highest respect and admiration for, but I share completely the views expressed by Defence Secretary Leon Panetta earlier today. I join him in condemning the deplorable behaviour that is reflected in this video.
The commission charged with the investigation must check if Herr zu Guttenberg told the truth when he affirmed that the German army leadership did not keep him adequately informed.
To those insurgents who refuse to accept the conditions for reintegration, we have no choice but to pursue them militarily.
We must also support the efforts by the government of Afghanistan to separate the extremists of al-Qaeda and the Taliban from those who joined their ranks not out of conviction but out of desperation.
I want to express my total dismay at the story concerning our marines. Anyone found to have participated or known about or having engaged in such conduct must be held fully accountable.