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Senate majority leader practices politics of personal destruction
Topic - Thomas Ruttig
The Afghan government's reconciliation effort with the Taliban is being hamstrung by a lack of participants who wield clout within the militant group and a "peace council" viewed by many Afghans as more eager to maintain the status quo.
"Many Afghans were tired of the high-handedness of the West in their country and cherished Karzai for standing up, as it was seen, to the mighty U.S.," said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
The "Pamiri and the Taliban ideology do not fit together at all," Mr. Ruttig says. "So if there are links, they have to do with drug trafficking and other illicit trade. And there, ideological differences do not matter much."