A Tougher Withdrawal
NATO troops will certainly face a much bigger and most unanticipated challenge this coming year in Afghanistan. As the Long War Journal details, attacks on NATO forces by Afghan insurgents have been on the rise. The Green on Blue attacks, as they are termed, have come to become a serious problem that threatens to hamper troop withdrawal in December 2014. As NATO forces train Afghan soldiers they increasingly face a threat to their own security as some recruits turn against international forces or plan with the Taliban to infiltrate military forces. If this problem is not contained immediately, this trend could certainly rise and could pose an even bigger threat. The Afghan National Army requires much more training and more equipment to survive let alone lead. The forces in Afghanistan are not ready to take control yet, making troop withdrawal very risky. Afghanistan needs trained and committed soldiers before NATO troops can withdraw. The Karzai regime must intervene and put mechanisms in place, protecting all troops and furthering the process of training and security in a country that remains fragile. If the regime fails to achieve this, then the backbone of Afghan stability and development will instantly
collapse as coalition troops withdraw and the Taliban threat becomes more menacing. A lack of a strong support base and military structure will allow the Taliban to easily re-group and fill in the power vacuum that should otherwise be dominated by civil society players and serious stakeholders in the Afghan political framework.
Ameer Ali Islamabad, Pakistan