Editorial

Collective efforts needed to fight terrorism

Terrorism is a common threat to all human beings, which means it is the common task for each country to fight against terrorism.
The dreadful phenomenon of terrorism is of organized crimes which has caused many humanitarian and fiscal damages all along the history. In the era of globalization, the terrorist acts and dangers are not confined to national and regional territory of countries but also affect other parts of the world. 
The militant ubiquitous elements have undermined the global security and the entire world is left at the mercy of terrorism. Non-combatants suffer the brunt of insurgency – especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria. The emergence of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is the product of ideological fundamentalism as Taliban, has posed greater threat to the world.
Meanwhile, US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said that they need to keep their forces in Afghanistan until the insurgency is vanquished. “I think we will need to maintain a counterterrorism presence as long as an insurgency continues in Afghanistan.”
Gen. Dunford’s assessment came during a congressional hearing on Wednesday — hours after the Taliban stormed the US-funded Counterpart International office in Kabul. Five civilians were martyred during the holy month of Ramadan, and dozens wounded in the suicide attack. Currently in talks with the US in Doha, the Taliban claimed credit for the assault.
Twenty extremist groups were still active in the region and “a handful” of them had have warned of attacking the United States, Dunford told lawmakers. In response to a query from a senator, Dunford said: “I don’t think anybody would want to withdraw our forces from Afghanistan or the broader Middle East more than me.”
Fighting terrorism should not be reduced to only killing insurgents while turning a blind eye to the root causes, ideological supports and financial resources. To ponder the aforementioned issues, Afghan government and its allies need to refer to think-tanks and researchers and establish more research bases for unraveling the complexity of the issues. 
The next solution, also proposed by plan of action to prevent violent extremism, is engaging earlier to address the drivers of extremism through such actions such as eradicating poverty, empowering youth and strengthening strategic communication on the internet and social media. 
Meanwhile, time has also come for the regional countries and that of the world super powers to start discussions about formation of a collective security mechanism against attacks and infiltration in their respective countries by terrorist groups harbored, trained and supported by military establishment of some certain countries Pakistan.
Recent suicide attack in Kabul shows that Afghanistan has been victim of terrorist attacks and proxy wars since last forty years. This episode continues to take immense toll on social, economic and security sectors in the country. History has proven it times and again that simply putting pressure through official channels on countries sponsoring terrorism by lodging complaints will only give face value and scratch surface of the matter but will not lead to any tangible results. To do more to curb terrorism, United States should basically focus on roots of terrorism besides keeping physical troops in Afghanistan. Without targeting the root-causes of terrorism and extremism, the phenomena would not end and would rather threaten the security and stability of the whole region and the world.

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