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Negotiations, Afghan-style?

An American military press release out of Afghanistan begins, “Coalition forces launched precision airstrikes overnight against senior Haqqani commanders and command posts in the remote mountains of western Khost Province.” Old Bill Roggio adds, “More than a dozen fighters have been killed and 21 more were captured, including a commander, during airstrikes and raids since ...

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An American military press release out of Afghanistan begins, “Coalition forces launched precision airstrikes overnight against senior Haqqani commanders and command posts in the remote mountains of western Khost Province.”

Old Bill Roggio adds, “More than a dozen fighters have been killed and 21 more were captured, including a commander, during airstrikes and raids since June 27.”

At first blush, air strikes don’t sound like the sort of negotiating with insurgents that people have come to expect from General Petraeus. But this might be the opening round. That is, look we can do it the easy way, or we can do it the hard way. Okay, here’s a taste of the hard way…   

(HT to Blake Hounshell)

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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