U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit late on October 19, was speaking in Kabul following talks with President Hamid Karzai.
Visiting Clinton has said in Afghanistan that talks are still possible with the Taliban to negotiate an end to the war there, but that the militants will face continued attacks if they don't cooperate.
Later in the day, she was scheduled to travel to neighboring Pakistan, where she is to be joined by CIA chief David Petraeus and Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.
U.S. officials say the secretary will press for a binding strategic agreement between Afghanistan and the United States that will govern relations after 2014 when American troops are scheduled to return home.
Clinton also will preview plans for upcoming conferences on the future of Afghanistan to be held in Istanbul in November and Bonn, Germany in December.
Clinton told a joint news conference with Karzai that militants could be part of a peaceful future for Afghanistan or "face continuing assault."
"We are increasing the pressure on the Taliban," Clinton added.
Militants have carried out a number of high-profile assassinations and brazen assaults on major cities and military targets in recent months. The Haqqani network, based in Pakistan, has been blamed for many of the attacks, including one on the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul.
Clinton also confirmed that a “major military operation” was under way against Haqqani militants on Afghanistan's eastern border.
The comment comes as the international coalition announced that NATO and Afghan forces had killed at least 115 insurgents over the past week as part of an operation in the northeastern Kunar Province. The alliance said that one NATO service member was killed in the fighting.
Clinton also said Pakistan can help negotiate a solution to the Afghan conflict and expects Pakistanis to "support the efforts at talking," explaining that “the terrorists operating outside of Pakistan pose a threat to Pakistanis, as well as to Afghans and others."
Relations between Washington and Islamabad have soured in recent months, with the United States and Afghanistan urging Pakistan to do more against militant sanctuaries in its tribal areas.
U.S. officials have said the Haqqani network was linked to the Pakistani intelligence services -- a charge Islamabad denies.
At a meeting at the U.S. Embassy earlier in the day, Clinton assured public leaders that their concerns that any deal with Islamist militants could undo advances made in areas such as women's rights and education were "being heard at the highest levels of the U.S. government."
The United States is planning to withdraw troops and hand over security to the Afghans by 2014.
Clinton also met the son of former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, Salahuddin, telling him that his father "was a brave man and trying to do the right thing."
Rabbani, who was Kabul's chief peace negotiator with the Taliban, was assassinated on September 20 by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban envoy.
Karzai, who said there was a Pakistani link to the killing, has since discontinued attempts to negotiate with the Taliban, saying the process should be led by the country backing them -- a reference to Pakistan.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Islamabad late Thursday to head a U.S. delegation that included newly appointed CIA Director David H. Petraeus and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, a top White House adviser on the war in Afghanistan, and Marc Grossman, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The visit, like the stopover in Kabul, was kept under wraps because of security concerns.
Clinton’s tougher tone was reinforced by a highly unusual delegation of five top-ranking U.S. officials who traveled to Islama¬bad to demand aggressive action against the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based Afghan militant group blamed for the assassinations of Afghan leaders and a high-profile attack last month on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
“We will be delivering a very clear message to the government of Pakistan and to the people of Pakistan,” Clinton told reporters during a stop in Afghanistan on her way to the Pakistani capital. “There should be no support, and no safe havens anywhere, for terrorists who kill innocent men, women and children.”
The talks with Pakistani officials lasted four hours Thursday before they adjourned for the night. A senior State Department official described the talks as “extremely frank” and “very detailed.”
On Friday, Clinton met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is looking to Pakistan to “take strong steps” to deny Afghan insurgents safe havens and encourage the Taliban to enter peace talks after 10 years of fighting.
The thing that every man and women even the children of Afghanistan have strong wish for maintaining of that people of Afghanistan passed so dark days that never want to repeat it again and hope for coming peace in their country.