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Obama and India-Pakistan talks: US can be a better go-between

The Feb. 25 India-Pakistan talks, while welcome, did not go well. The US must intervene in this South Asian rivalry to keep it from affecting the Afghanistan war. 

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The war in Afghanistan is now clearly President Obama’s war after his surge of 30,000 troops and the successful retaking of a former Taliban stronghold in Marjah this past week by US forces. 

But there is also a diplomatic front, one in which Mr. Obama will need another surge: improved relations between India and Pakistan, two key players in the region.

Just how soon Obama will be able to bring US soldiers home from Afghanistan depends to a certain extent on whether these nuclear-armed adversaries in South Asia can end their historic rivalry, especially their maneuvering for influence in neighboring Afghanistan.

With a 63-year history of hostility and three wars dragging down their relations, India and Pakistan held talks Feb. 25 – partly under US pressure. India had cut off formal peacemaking contact after the 2008 attacks in Mumbai (Bombay) by Pakistan-linked terrorists.

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