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Taliban have last chance to join peace
 KANDAHAR: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated in handing over ceremony of US made UH – 60 Black Hawk helicopters to Afghan air forces held in Kandahar International Airport on Saturday.
In the ceremony attended by high-ranking government officials, Kandahar military and civil officials, tribal elders, NATO-led RS Commander Gen. Nicholson and a number of foreign diplomats, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke and praised the country’s national defense and security forces in particular air forcese for their efforts and measures in defending the country and considered their measures as unprecedented in the past few years.
Praising also the country’s defense and security forces for their bravery, President Ghani said, “As armed forces supreme commander, I am proud of the country’s defense and security forces. I am praising the people of Kandahar for completely supporting Afghan defense and security forces.”
 Addressing participants in the ceremony, the country’s President termed the occasion as a defining moment in the history of the country.
“If the Taliban think they can defeat the Afghan forces they should forget about it. They have one choice to make and that is to join the peace process. 
“We do not want bloodshed, we just want to defend our country and that is our legitimate right,” President Ghani said.
The country’s President once again asked Kandahar elders to increase their efforts towards maintaining peace in the country, adding that the national unity government had serious determination for peace and the government agreement with Hezb-e-Islami had been a clear example of the government’s such determination.
In the ceremony, NATO-led Resolute Support mission General Commander Gen. Nicholson said that these helicopters would lift the capability and sustainability of the Afghan air force.
Nicholson said the militants in Afghanistan were getting weaker day-by-day. 
“We would continue support for the Afghan forces, and these helicopters standing behind me are a clear example of it,” he said.
At the end of the ceremony, the handing over of the Black Hawk helicopters was signed in presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to Afghanistan air forces.
It is worth mentioning that the first UH-60s Black Hawks had arrived in southern Kandahar province last month. 
According to the Ministry of Defense, the U.S. has pledged to provide up to 159 new military and transport aircrafts, including 119 UH60 Black Hawk helicopters by the end of2023. 
The Kabul Times 
 

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theessayservice 09/10/2017
Afgan GDP ~$65B, annual cost to US $250B plus. Assume 10% is spent in Afganistan, that means that the fighting is adding ~40% to Afgan GDP. What makes this "prize" worth spending more money on than the Feds spend on education.

There must be a point to this. Terrorism is listed but just how many of our people have been killed by terrorism from Afganistan? It's a tiny percentage compared to troop casualties in Afganistan. We're left with Afganistans strategic position. It is important but only important to us if we can accomplish our goals and that requires a strong, stable central administration whom we can hold accountable. So far the Taliban have been the only group able to accomplish this.
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I am praising the people of Kandahar for completely supporting Afghan defense and security forces.
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This work can't wait until college, and it has to start from middle school. Secondary schools should also follow the model of education through the university
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