Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani is asking the US to reconsider it’s withdrawal from the country. Just a few days after the United States officially ended operations in Afghanistan, the president addressed the US , by saying that there’s plenty of work left and their help is needed.
Last week, NATO ended the Operation Enduring Freedom, a campaign that has started in Afghanistan in 2001.
US Defense secretary, Chuck Hagel said that there will remain in Afghanistan 13,000 troops to help train Afghan forces in counter terrorism operations against the remaining members of Al Qaeda. These forces will withdraw at the end of 2016.
“If both parties, or, in this case, multiple partners, have done their best to achieve the objectives and progress is very real, then there should be willingness to reexamine a deadline,” said But President Ashraf Ghani.
Further on, Ghani was asked if president Obama was aware of his demand, and his reply was that president Obama knows him well enough, and there’s no need to tell one another.
Analysts tend to believe that president Ghani’s demand could be a way of admitting that even though the Afhgan war has ended, there are still remaining conflicts in the country, that are not believed to end soon.
One of the threats could be the Taliban. A representative of the Taliban said in the Monitor that NATO choose to take off in a moment of “failure and disappointment” and choose to leave without having achieved anything substantial or meaningful.
According to Dan Murphy, from The Christian Science Monitor 2014 has been a bloody year for Afghanistan, having been killed over 4,000 police and military.
The Al Qaeda threat seams to have ended in 2003. Bin Laden was killed in a raid from 2011. He was found living comfortably in Pakistan. Also, Mullah Omar, the leader of the Talban has lived in Pakistan for many years.
Afghanistan cannot be called a democratic country, as elections are bought and corruption reigns. The Afghan government is entirely dependent of foreign aid, and has been granted with assets it cannot afford.
People in Afghanistan are afraid about the economic turn out of the country. According to the WorldBank, outside money coming in for the last 10 years has helped the country’s economy a lot. The expected income of the country for this year is around $1.8 billion. Without foreign financial support the country won’t be able to maintain it’ 350,000 strong security forces, which leads to doubt about how sustainable national security really is.
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