By: Suraya Raiszada
Increasing presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan and the region is posing threats not only to the security of Afghanistan but the whole world and region. Therefore, Afghanistan allies should provide continued cooperation with Afghanistan in counter terrorism mission after US and NATO troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Recently, Kenneth Holland, former President, American University of Afghanistan, has said that US will continue its counter-terrorism mission in Afghanistan after troop withdrawal but stressed that over the horizon and in this regard may require Pakistan’s help in the form of its bases to fight against ISIS and terrorists in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson to Afghanistan National Security Council Rahmatullah Ander by pointing to US and NATO troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the counter terrorism mission in the country has said they are in frontline of fighting terrorism and it’s their permanent duty to defend the country and its people and now the country’s defense and security forces have stood on their feet to do so.
“Terrorist groups are still remained as serious threat for Afghanistan; therefore, to root out terrorism, it is necessary that Afghanistan’s allies should continue their cooperation with Afghanistan government in fighting terrorism,” Ander stressed.
Afghan officials’ remarks in connection with independently fighting terrorism comes after US and NATO commanders in Afghanistan assured of continued commitment to supporting Afghanistan in fighting terrorism.
US and NATO officials have assured that they will strongly concentrate on terrorist groups particularly al Qaeda and Daesh, stressing that they will continue their pressure to fully root out the groups in Afghanistan.
Ramazan Bashardost, an Afghan lawmaker says the ongoing war in Afghanistan can only be end when a consensus is created for maintaining peace in Afghanistan in international level and all sides to the ongoing conflict have tendency to peace and negotiations, otherwise terrorist groups will be serious threat to not only Afghanistan but for the whole world and region.
“The people of Afghanistan have been in frontline of fighting terrorism for the past three decades and have unfortunately given lots of sacrifices,” Bashardost said, adding that all the people know that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are the real defenders of the country; therefore, they should be fully supported.
This comes amid of increasing military operations by Afghan Defense and Security Forces as ministry of defense has informed of inflicting heavy casualties on armed insurgents.
Officials for the ministry of defense say the country’s defense and security forces are making effort to address any threats if posed by terrorist groups in the country.
It is worth mentioning that US and NATO troop withdrawal process from Afghanistan has been officially started and based on the US administration announcement, the process will end by 11 September.
This comes amid of increasing threats from terrorist groups. According to Afghan security officials, there are 20 terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan.