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The military and political process is meant to be synchronized: Miller

The military and political process is meant to be synchronized: Miller

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Dec 05, 2018 - 18:43

BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): Resolute Support and US Forces Commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon Gen. Miller has saidthat the military and political process is meant to be synchronized.

Gen. Miller expressed these views while talking to Afghan journalists on the sidelines of a NATOinfo-icon Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels.

Referring to US Gen. Dunford’s remarks that the Talibanare not losing in the 17-year old war,he said: “This conflict will not be won militarily. Not on the Talibaninfo-icon’s side and not on the Afghan security forces side. Much will depend on who has the tactical initiative, but ultimately this will be about a political settlement.”

When asked about the peace conference hosted by Russia recently, the Resolute Support and US Forces Commander in Afghanistan said: “We talk about military operations and how they support the political process. Our operations are directly designed to support a political outcome and there ought to be an urgency included in it. The Afghan people are losing their lives every single day.”

Referring to the April presidential elections, Gen. Miller said “I believe that this is for the Afghans to decide. At the moment they are planning for the elections, including with regard to the military support required for them.”

He said: “This peace process is meant to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. The military and political process is meant to be synchronized.”        

Referring to the killing of a senior Taliban commander, Mullahinfo-icon Abdul Manan, the Taliban shadow governor for Helmand province, General Miller said: “Military operations will continue. They are meant to get us to the place where politically we can work our way through this.”

When asked about carrying his weapon during his trip to southern Ghazni province, the Resolute Support and US Forces Commander in Afghanistan said: “I was in Ghazni because I am a soldier. I always carry a weapon with me. That wasn’t unique to my visit there. I don’t believe that the Taliban can attack wherever they want.”

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