Source: DTN News - this article / report compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including Sky News
(NSI News Source Info) KABUL, Afghanistan - July 19, 2010: On the eve of an international conference in Kabul on the future of Afghanistan, militant leaders have told Sky News "we will not surrender".
The conference, expected to be attended by representatives from 60 countries, comes as security is tightened across the capital after a suicide bomber struck. Just before noon on Sunday, a suicide bomber attacked a market killing three civilians and wounding dozens. Thousands of Afghan soldiers and police are now being deployed to secure the capital for the one-day meeting. One of the key issues in the conference will be the merits of negotiating with the Taliban and the other insurgent groups fighting coalition forces there. Sky's Alex Crawford met one of those militant groups known as Hezb-e-Islami in eastern Afghanistan. The fighters rely on farming poppies for opium to help fund their fight against Nato and the International Security Assistance Force. The militants Crawford met dismissed Afghan President Hamid Karzai's offer of money and land for peace, saying "we can't be bought". They told her that for them the only peaceful resolution to the war would be the retreat of foreign forces from Afghanistan.
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