WASHINGTON — The outrage from the back-to-back episodes of the Koran
burning and the killing on Sunday of at least 16 Afghan civilians
imperils what the Obama administration once saw as an orderly plan for
2012: to speed the training of Afghan forces so that they can take the
lead in combat missions, all while drawing the Taliban into negotiations to end more than a decade of constant war.
President Obama and his aides had once hoped that by now they would have cemented the narrative that the Taliban were a spent force being pounded into peace negotiations and recognizing that they could never retake control of the country.
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