By: Suraya Raiszada
US administration led by President Joe Biden has allocated $3.3 billion in the country’s $6 trillion budget for Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). The amount shows $300 million increase comparing to the previous year.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan government has welcomed the US decision on increasing the $300 million for ANDSF in the country’s fiscal year budget. Afghanistan National Security Council has said that the increase in the budget shows good relations and joint work of Afghanistan with the rest of the world.
“The increase in the US budget proposal for ANDSF shows the world’s continued support to Afghan national security forces,” said Rahmatullah Ander, a spokesperson to Afghanistan National Security Council.
Based on reports, if the proposed budget is approved by the US Congress, the amount will be spent for equipping, training and funding the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).
This comes amid of US and NATO troops withdrawal process have been completed by 25 percent. The increase in the budget for the support of ANDSF shows the US continued support to Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary – General in his recent remarks as insisted on the organization’s continued support to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, saying that the organization believe in increasing capabilities of ANDSF.
Following the US administration announcement in connection with starting the country’s troop withdrawal process from Afghanistan, Pentagon announced that US will continue ANDSF training in a third country, which was welcomed by the people and government of Afghanistan.
Undoubtedly, the US and NATO troops withdrawal process will be completed by September and it is ANDSF who will fight international terrorism and address all terrorist threats. The Afghan security forces will need continued support from the US and NATO member countries.
With the announcement of starting the US and NATO troops withdrawal process from Afghanistan, Taliban with close support of intelligence networks in the region and terrorist groups started widespread attacks on Afghan National Defense and Security Forces across the country.
The current Afghan Defense and Security Forces have received high military trainings from the US and NATO member countries and are able to defend the country and its people.
Although US and NATO member countries have spent 20 years in Afghanistan, unfortunately terrorism is still posing threats to the people of Afghanistan and the only forces that will address the threats are the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Therefore, the US and NATO member countries as well as the international community should continue their full support from the Afghan security forces to fight international terrorism and defend their country and people.
It is worth mentioning that the US and NATO troops withdrawal process from Afghanistan started on 1 May and it is determined that process will be completed by September.
It is believed that if violence ends in Afghanistan, peace will be maintained, but if peace efforts and talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban fail, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces will face with a big test in fighting terrorism in the country.