With U.S. planes and opposition troops tightening the noose on al Qaeda’s last redoubt in the caves and mountains of eastern Afghanistan, a panel of Brookings experts will discuss and answer reporters’ questions about the final stages of the military war there and about the uncertainties ahead.
Among the many issues to be addressed are: What happens if Osama bin Laden escapes? What is the outlook for a viable government in Afghanistan after the fighting is over? Can the Bush administration sustain public support for continued military action against terrorists once the war in Afghanistan ends? What is to be done with Taliban and al Qaeda fighters who are taken prisoner? What is Pakistan’s role after the fighting in Afghanistan concludes? What are the next targets in America’s anti-terrorism war?
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Emerging Voices Network Reception with Gareth Bayley, U.K. Special Representative on Pakistan and Afghanistan
The ceasefire shows yet again the leverage the Taliban now has thanks to its recent attacks. What’s most interesting is that the ceasefire doesn’t apply to the Islamic State. Whereas the Taliban have primarily attacked security forces, the Islamic State’s violence has much been much less selective, and has killed far more civilians. The Taliban’s strategy appears to have paid off— there’s popular support for a ceasefire with the Taliban, but not for one with the Islamic State.