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Oh!  This is an interesting one.  If this is true, I hope it gets picked up on.  

The sudden withdrawal of Abdullah Abdullah from a runoff election against Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan has people scratching their heads.  Abdullah himself cited security concerns in withdrawing from the race after fighting to have election irregularities recognized in Karzai’s apparent attempt to falsify the first round’s results.  However, Asia Times reports today that the US negotiated Abdullah’s withdrawal as a way to negotiate with the Taliban and retreat from Afghanistan:

Abdullah Abdullah, who this week withdrew from the presidential election runoff in Afghanistan, thereby handing victory to the incumbent, Hamid Karzai, did so under pressure from the United States, Asia Times Online has learned.

In exchange for the pullout of the non-Pashtun Abdullah, Pakistan’s military has agreed to actively mediate between Washington and the Taliban over a reconciliation plan that will allow the US to exit from Afghanistan, as it is doing in Iraq, with a semblance of success. …

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