Top US commander sees peace possibilities in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan – The top American commander in Afghanistan and other US officials are talking up prospects for peace negotiations with the Taliban, arguing that after 16 years of war the militants are weary of a stalemate on the battlefield.


Gen. John Nicholson, who commands more than 14,000 US troops in an American-led coalition, acknowledged that peace talks, which the

Taliban definitively rejected just two years ago, likely would take years to bear fruit.


His emphasis on a push for peace coincides with the Trump administration's injection of new resources into the war effort and the start of the traditional fighting season this spring. It also comes as turmoil in the State Department raises questions about the steadiness, depth and effectiveness of American diplomatic clout.


First published: 03.14.18, 15:10