Best of Luck Mr. President!

From now on, this is your turn Mr. Ashraf Ghani! The future of Afghanistan and the faith of millions of war-weary people are all in your hands. This is your choice to rock to the state with peace and stability or leave us in the dark shadows of bloodshed or miseries. You will need to overcome dozens of heavy challenges with low funding resources and all broken equipments in short point of time.
Here, the U.S President Barack Obama has formally ended the U.S combat mission against Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, during the Christmas-New Year period. The U.S and NATO landed in Afghanistan in late, 2001 to draw the Taliban and Al-Qaeda on the spot court of justice in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack on U.S tower and thus build a democratic state where everyone could enjoy the freedom with peace and justce.
To make this mission successful, the United States has deployed more than a hundred and thirty thousand foreign troops across Afghanistan at the peak of the U.S-led operation to eliminate the Taliban threat lost hundreds of human souls and spent billions of dollars. In those hot point of time, when the U.S was newly faced the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, denounced that the war against terrorism would not take long time. They claimed that the enemies would not be able to face our soldiers in the battlefield! But the United States has failed at this point respectively, leaving the government in Kabul vulnerable and less capable against Taliban who are reported to be far more stronger than 2001.
Given that President Barack Obama while speaking on the occasion of U.S mission’s end in Afghanistan acknowledged that there are still concerns about the grim realities of security situation and yet the country remained a dangerous place. His reference to the conclusion of America’s combat operation has a similar echo. President Ghani’s government is besiged. The rise in Taliban insurgents has become a grave matter of worry. They can attack targets in the capital, Kabul and almost anywhere. Years of drone attacks, Guantanamo and Osama Bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan have not yet defeated the them completely.
The year 2014 was reported to be the bloodiest year for Afghan nation, since the United States started its operation against terrorism in late Oct, 2001. The Afghan military forces could not face the Taliban insurgents in the battlefield as claimed. Civilian casualties reached to nearly ten thousand and the number of soldiers were killed reached to five thousand. These figures tell the story of Taliban resurgence and that they are stronger than at any time, since their removal thirteen years ago. They control large parts of the country and even rocked the capital, Kabul persistently with their deadliest attacks.
It is claimed that the government is well-established with impressive credibility to overcome both the internal and external affairs of the state and that the military forces are capable of continuing a strong fight against Taliban and Al-Qaeda elements. Given the last year’s record, however, the assertion is not a credible. Internal rivalries have delayed the formation of a full cabinet three months, after the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as president and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah as chief executive. Vacuum in the Defence and Interior ministries is the ultimate matter of worry.
There are still fearing speculations about the aftermath of the U.S mission’s end in Afghanistan. The central point in these comments is that Afghanistan continues to be a dangerous place, radiating its woes beyond its frontier. Retired Air Commodore John Oddie, former deputy chief of the Australian contingent in Afghanistan has grave doubts over the Afghan force’s capacity to protect the nation.
Given the ground realities, the end of the U.S combat mission is more like the Soviet Union’s decade occupation of Afghanistan who were defeated in February 1989 and its consequences to date. The strength of the Soviet occupying forces at the peak was similar to American-led troops this time. The Soviet’s chief objective was to defeat the anti-communist militias and help the government of Dr. Najib in Kabul to stop devastations and rebuild a democratic state.
For the time being, the government of Dr. Najib was overthrown by the so-called political communities in the most cynical way, with little forethought of and regard for possible consequences. The Soviet Union lost the war but then the same groups who have hanged Dr. Najib mutated into the Taliban militia with their Al-Qaeda allies have pushed Afghanistan into another years of backwardness.
The main factor behind fewer casualties among US-led foreign forces was that Afghan troops had been deployed to the front line of war against the opposition while occupation troops were largely confined to their bases. This, too reminds of the 1980s when Soviet forces previous to their withdrawal stayed in their barracks. Afghan government troops suffered heavy casualties and this adds to their vulnerability against the insurgents.
However, based on our history, the lessons learned suggest our current politicians to adapt comprehensive approaches in response to the ground similar challenges. They must realize that the enemies are still stronger than ever before. They should do most convenient compromises over the long-term presence of NATO and U.S troops in the country so that the history should not repeat another decades of civil war on us.
In the meantime, there are also other paralyzing challenges pushing the state into the same age of devastation. The endemic corruption and a traditional system of impunity could be the two of many. Corruption remained the silent worst contributor to the rise of instability and worsening security situation that have not been addressed under the government of ex-president Hamid Karzia.
The focus to eliminate corruption was the first most concerning demand of the international funding affiliates at the conference of London too. The London conference gave the international community the chance to make clear its continuing commitment to the Afghan people and provided a potentially unique opportunity for Afghan government to make a new start with better governance and less corruption. The international community will be justified in expecting real reforms and genuine change in return for its continued support. The donor countries will not tolerate corruption and bad governance anymore.
Any reduction to the funding resources will contribute to the collapse of government as the country largely depends on international funding aid support for a reason to survive and do not fall again in civil war or in the hands of the Taliban insurgents.
President Ashraf Ghani with his main political rival, Abdullah Abdullah need to put tireless efforts to tackle that inherited system of corruption and focus on fixing the dysfunctional government and improve the system of leadership management by introducing the right and capable persons to the right positions and eliminate the power brokers and corrupt officials. His failure to the any following demands and implementation of a reasonable reform agenda could likely disappoint the donor countries and thus push the country to the age of another destruction.
One of the most fearing challenges is the spring offensive for the security transition ahead of the government. The insurgents have already announced their intense attacks in the beginning of next spring and we might experience a Taliban surge in the upcoming summer. His government is running out of time in the formation of new cabinet. The fighting season is in his way ahead with little time to fix the ground crisis.

About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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