Be­gin­ning of the End

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

While the com­mence­ment of the U.S. troops’ with­drawal from Afghanistan be­gan with the de­par­ture of the first batch in July, vi­o­lence has es­ca­lated in the coun­try, call­ing for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take mea­sures be­fore it’s too late. The tar­geted killings of Afghan of­fi­cials and bomb blasts in pub­lic places are all part of the es­ca­la­tion. Obama’s speedy with­drawal plan that would see 10,000 U.S. soldiers quit Afghanistan by the year- end and an­other 23000 by next year will have ad­verse re­gional con­se­quences spe­cially not only for Afghanistan and Pak­istan but also for other re­gional coun­tries. On the other hand, Afghan se­cu­rity forces will not be in a po­si­tion to take over the se­cu­rity as many re­ports sug­gest that they are un­der-pre­pared. Tal­iban will have more room to ma­neu­ver po­lit­i­cally and strate­gi­cally to en­able the lo­cals to con­tinue coun­ter­ing strong U.S. - In­dia axis in Afghanistan af­ter the com­plete with­drawal. The Washington ad­min­is­tra­tion needs to think wisely. An­gelique Sax­ena,

Mum­bai, In­dia

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