Clinton says Taliban can choose peace or face assault
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that the Taliban had two choices: make peace or face a continued military onslaught.
Afghan and foreign troops have been able to increase "the pressure on the Taliban to sharpen the choices that they face," Clinton said at a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at Kabul's presidential palace, DPA reported.
"They can either be part of Afghanistan's peaceful future and end 30 years of war or face continuing assault," she said.
Clinton arrived to Afghanistan late Wednesday on a short, unannounced visit to meet with Karzai and civil society leaders.
The top US diplomat has been pushing for a political solution to the decade-old insurgency in Afghanistan.
"Reconciliation is possible," she said. "Indeed, it represents the best hope for Afghanistan and the region."