A Tougher With­drawal

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

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

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