Further evidence of the mess the US and UK forces have created in Afghanistan from Left Foot Forward:
The Lancaster House conference on Afghanistan is the lead story for the day ahead, with many papers outlining plans to “buy off the Taleban” as a means to ending the conflict. “Western nations are planning to attempt to buy off up to 12,500 members of the Taliban with a promise that they will be paid to defend their own villages,” reports the Telegraph, with the Times claiming that “the conference is expected to agree a $500 million (£310 million), five-year fund for President Karzai to ‘buy off’ insurgents who are not ideologically committed to destroying the West”. Britain will pay “a few million”, Germany will pay £70 million over five years with the bulk of the money coming from Japan. The Guardian, meanwhile, says the coalition and Karzai will have to “talk to the Taleban”, that “hard choices” will have to be made and some “pretty unsavoury characters” engaged in the political tent.