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Dem Candidate: ‘We Have to Negotiate With the Taliban’ to End Afghanistan War

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October 10, 2018

A Democratic congressional candidate said during a debate Monday that the United States should negotiate with the Taliban.

Leslie Cockburn, who is running against Denver Riggleman in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, made the remarks during a discussion of the war in Afghanistan.

“As for what should be done in Afghanistan right now, we’ve been there 17 years. My friend John Sopko, who is the inspector general, tells us that we’ve spent nearly a trillion dollars on that war and we are definitely not winning it,” Cockburn said.

“One problem is that the patron of the Taliban is Pakistan,” Cockburn continued. “We have to negotiate with the Taliban and Pakistan in order to leave that war, and I think that this should be a matter of diplomacy, and it needs to happen now.”

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