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Home | Editorial | US, int’l community’s war on terror effort a must

US, int’l community’s war on terror effort a must

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US, int’l community’s war on terror effort a must
 US president Donald Trump thanked his country’s troops for their services, assuring them “we’re really winning” the war in Afghanistan. Trump told deployed military members via a video conference that they’ve achieved more progress in Afghanistan and against the Islamic State group under his watch than had been made in years of the previous administration.
“Everybody’s talking about the progress you’ve made in the last few months since I opened it up,” he told the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, whose members are conducting operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan. “We’re being talked about again as an armed forces — we’re really winning.”
Meanwhile US top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson said on Thursday that the war here remains in a “stalemate,” but that President Donald Trump’s new strategy has reversed a decline in the U.S. position. He added that they were only 90 days into this new strategy, but with the U.S. forces that will be arriving, with the new authority that have been given which are condition based and not time based, would set all the conditions to win.
Although considerable security, political, and economic progress has been made in Afghanistan, much remains to be done to attain long-term stability and extinguish the Taliban insurgency. In this respect, while the conflict in Afghanistan is no longer consistently in the public eye, it remains of great importance to the United States and the allies. 
Going forward, U.S. strategy should aim to protect the integrity of the Afghan state and, toward that end, attempt to end the conflict in ways that mitigate the threats of terrorism, instability, and conflict in the region.The future of U.S. strategy toward Afghanistan cannot be effectively assessed without a closer examination of Afghanistan’s current and evolving security, political, and economic landscapes. 
Solving the current war in Afghanistan would require the United States to more concertedly pursue what it has not yet done: protecting the Afghan state and the gains achieved since September 11, 2001, by actively pursuing reconciliation with the Afghan Taliban in order to integrate them into the Afghan political system and thereby end the current civil war. The US and allies could force Taliban to join the negotiation through conducting a number of counterterrorism operations, as they have done recently which led to demolishing of Taliban’s drug factory in Helmand.
The Trump administration also needs to be tough with the Pakistan. Pakistani intelligence agencies’ support of Taliban still in the interest of getting more economic assistance; must be stoppedand the country’s covert support for the Taliban should be halted.Pakistan then can get some economic aid from the U.S if cut support to Taliban and then there is a possibility that the situation in Afghanistan improves. 
To safeguard the achievements made in Afghanistan and the rights of people, the international community beside the US and Afghan government must also take action against countries or influential figures who are engaged in human rights violations and supporting terrorism and extremism in the region.
If they ignore the current situation in Afghanistan and increasing violence, the flame of today’s war in Afghanistan would burn their own community one day, as we have witnessed a number of terrorist attacks in Europe, US, Egypt and other countries.
 

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