T-minus Two Years
The US and NATO forces may have a schedule ready for start of withdrawal but a political strategy is still lacking.
the 350,000 Afghan security forces, which will be trimmed to 250,000 mainly because of the international community’s reluctance to continue support for the Afghan security forces for an indefinite period.
With 2,800 NATO soldiers dead and nearly one trillion US dollars spent over the past 12 years, lasting peace in Afghanistan is still however, elusive and the slightest hope even for the status quo seems to be a distant cry in a post withdrawal Afghanistan.
The reasons are quite clear. An in-
By Daud Khattak in a country wracked by violence and serious ethnic divisions.
Over the past 12 years, international forces with the help of their high-tech war machinery, managed to push out and keep away the battlehardened Taliban from urban centers. One cannot say for sure that the student army would not stage a comeback at least by taking over some remote districts in the east and south and even some areas in the western zone once foreign troops leave the country. in the power corridor even after the withdrawal.
On his part, President Karzai walked a tight rope during his previous and current term in office despite the presence and support, whatever was available, of the international community. It will be a trickier job for the new leader who will be stepping into Karzai’s shoes following the 2014 presidential elections.
A slightest tilt or over overstepping on part of the new leader will be deemed offensive enough to stir ethnic