Saturday, 18 September, 2021


US Troop Withdrawal Will Leave Questions for Afghanistan

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Melba Vasquez | 17 April, 2021, 01:05

The foreign troop withdrawals have raised concerns that the country could erupt in full-scale civil war, providing al Qaeda space in which to rebuild and plan new attacks on US and other targets. Safi agreed that they are capable, but claimed security forces "continue to be limited due to lack of resources, due to lack of weaponry and support, particularly air support".

The Taliban and Afghan government have been refusing to move toward a power-sharing deal. And the Afghan president refuses to negotiate unless he is guaranteed the presidency.

AgenciesAccording to the FO, Pakistan hopes that the U.S. will continue to urge the Afghan leaders to seize this historic opportunity for achieving a political settlement in Afghanistan.

"The withdrawal of these forces is a desire of the Afghan people, but at the moment, the conditions have not been made for this to happen".

His concerns were echoed by Fatima Gailani, one of just four women negotiating with the Taliban for Afghanistan's government.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he respects Biden's decision, but other Afghan officials are pessimistic.

Some U.S. officials and experts are concerned about the enduring presence in Afghanistan of al Qaeda and Islamic State extremists, anxious that the former will be able to rebuild and plot new attacks on Western targets. USA officials in the Afghan city of Jalalabad told NPR two years ago that the Taliban continue to work with al-Qaida in eastern Afghanistan, while both US and Afghan airstrikes have targeted al-Qaida militants in southeastern Helmand Province.

Psaki added that USA intelligence has evidence that Russian military intelligence, known as the GRU, interacts with individuals in Afghan criminal networks. That is an increase of 23 percent from the same period previous year. This will lead to renewed repression of the Afghan population, with the Taliban reverting to draconian Islamic rule in the areas it controls.

The U.S. will begin withdrawing U.S. troops next month, the president said. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation announced it would also begin a withdrawal of almost 10,000 troops from the country.

The counterterrorism mission, according to Biden, will take place outside Afghanistan. But given the Taliban's longstanding ties to Al Qaeda, Afghanistan will also once again become a country where transnational terrorist organizations can organize as they plot to strike the West.

All the USA and Utah citizens who died there, did not die in vain, Stewart said.

Mr Zhao also said China will attend the United Nations conference on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Istanbul from Aril 20 to May 4 to find a peaceful solution to Afghanistan's civil strife.

However, it is not clear if the Taliban will attend.

Carter Malkasian, who spent years in Afghanistan working with Marines as a civilian adviser, said there should be more emphasis on working with neighboring countries - Pakistan, Iran, Russia and China - to prevent a rise in terrorist activity in Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that if the earlier May 1 deadline is not met, "problems will be compounded".

"It would be useful", Malkasian said, "if the United States can get a diplomatic agreement for continued statements by the region, to the Taliban, that terrorist activity is unacceptable, and that they commonly endorse military action and other sanctions if it occurs. The global community should take care not to throw the baby out with the bathwater", he warned while addressing a panel on the future of Afghanistan at the Raisina Dialogue, which was attended by Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif.

Ghani has promised to seek peace.

The U.S. war in Afghanistan won't end just because President Biden and U.S. news media tell us so.

Ghani's government has been denounced for corruption and politics that divides people.

It's hard not to wonder if everything that was done in Afghanistan all the time and lives lost going to be a waste, reflected Neal Currey, Army veteran with 2nd ranger battalion.

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