Despite Bloody Week In Afghanistan, U.S. Pushes Taliban Peace Talks Forward
National Public Radio (NPR) quoted CIC's Barnett Rubin in a piece about the negotiations between Afghan officials and the Taliban expected to begin this week.
"They want to indicate that they still have the capacity to fight if their demands are not met," Rubin said. "And they have the additional incentive that President Ghani said that he will refuse to release the prisoners before the talks start. So escalating militarily is a way of trying to put pressure on him to soften his position."
Read the full story at NPR here.