Meanwhile, Obama is urging Karzai to come to a settlement with the Taliban, has secretly dropped charges in the case of a Florida man accused of funding the Pakistani Taliban, and is considering sending Taliban detainees back to Afghanistan as a gesture of good will. “Taliban claim bombing that killed six US troops,” from AP, July 9 (thanks to Block Ness):
KABUL: The Taliban claimed responsibility on Monday for a roadside bombing that they said killed six American troops in a volatile part of eastern Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement the blast struck the US troops in their armoured vehicle around 8 pm Sunday in Wardak province, just south of Kabul.
Coalition and Afghan forces are trying to secure areas of Wardak that insurgents use as gateway into the Afghan capital where they stage high-profile attacks on Afghan government and Nato targets.
Nato would not disclose the nationalities of the service members killed, but Wardak provincial police chief Gen Abdul Qayum Baqizoi said they were American….