Should the US Negotiate with Al-Qaeda?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan are parked at the Pakistan's border crossing after authorities suspended NATO supplies. (Getty)

Over the weekend, it was revealed that the U.S. has been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. But over the border, in Pakistan, the U.S. stated yesterday that they’ve ruled out negotiating with Al-Qaeda.

Last summer, Al-Qaeda leaders kidnapped American aid worker Warren Weinstein. And Sunday, a video was released of Weinstein saying that he will be killed unless President Obama frees Al-Qaeda prisoners from around the world.

Explaining this situation is Fotini Christia, an assistant professor in political science at MIT.


Fotini Christia

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Angel from Miami, FL

Taliban and similar groups? Perhaps, within reason. These are residents of the areas in question, and simply want us out of their land so they can do whatever they want (sell drugs, subjugate women). Al-Qaeda? NO. This is a terrorist group that has no home country. Al-Qaeda isn't going to negotiate anyways. Their objective is to destroy us.

May. 08 2012 01:32 PM

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