By: The Kabul Times
Both state-run and private media, over the past twenty-four hours, have freshly focused on the foreign forces withdrawal and concerns about the most possibly deteriorating security situation in the country.
The Taliban offensives to gain control of more territories in different provinces of the country are significant and heavily questionable as the United States and the allies troops are preparing to leave by September 11.
Amid the swift foreign forces withdrawal and it is said that they ‘have to close the book on a 20-year war in Afghanistan,’ the Taliban group, under the Islamic Emirate has intensified militancy, gaining greater territories from the government forces, in various parts of the country, particularly in the north, where the security entities describe a ‘tactical withdrawal.’
The troops’ exit has been slated to complete by September 11, a commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attack, where al-Qaeda network has been blamed to target two key sky-scrappers in the US, resulting in the dead of more than 3000 people in 2001.
Anis; a government-run paper has editorially said that
‘The war determines both the loser and winner of peace’, and pointing to the Taliban and the US peace agreement hosted by Doha, the capital of the Arab country of Qatar, said that the bilateral agreement was hoped to help restore an inclusive lasting ceasefire, amid the highly expected holding of intra-Afghan peace talks.
But the paper regretted for what it said the release of up to 5,000 the Taliban prisoners, prior to the group’s agreement to observe ceasefire that may lead to the intra-Afghan negotiations and a success to the peace and security restoration in the country.
To conclude with, the paper praised the people uprising and their support to the government security and defense forces and called on the government to intensify war against the militants in coordination with the local support.
Another government-owned Pashto paper; Hiwad Daily, with an outspoken editorialist has also focused on the increasing Taliban offensive amid the ongoing worsening security situation as the US troops prepare to leave the country. “Pakistan is in a direct war with Afghanistan,” said the paper.
The paper didn’t cover mostly what was going on by the Taliban militants themselves, but blamed the neighboring Pakistan, with some of its authorities barely stating that the Taliban dead bodies and wounded fighters are rushed to the Pakistan healthcare centers.
“This is the ISI’s long built comps, where the Taliban wounded militants are taken to for treatment in the health centers,” said the paper adding the international community, the UN and other international stakeholders have to provide cooperation with Afghanistan to resist and defeat terrorists and those supporting the phenomenon.
Hasht-e-Subh Daily or 8am.af; a known private paper has covered in details the US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan as saying: “US leaving Afghanistan with no rest of mind.”
According to the private paper, the Americans have anticipated three scenarios, after their withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The three bad scenarios, according to the paper, included collapse of the government, start of civil war and the reactivation of al-Qaeda network.
After the Doha peace talk failure, the Taliban are on the offensive and have widened their control and taking more territories countrywide amid the swift US forces withdrawal from the country, the paper said pointing to the Americans concern about the most possibly recuperation of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
The paper said, while the US is still concerned of receiving wounds from the terrorist groups, particularly al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, it shouldn’t allow the last two scenarios (system collapse and civil war) happen in Afghanistan, as the US defense secretary said the first anticipated scenario can happen within two years threatening the US national interests and the internal security.
Likewise, the paper suggested that the threat originating from the Taliban retaking power via force, should also be popularized worldwide and the policy of persuasion including the release of the militants prisoners, removal of the militants from the UN blacklist and foreign forces withdrawal with a backfire, shouldn’t be used anymore.
But threat and pressure should be retaken against the group which intends to reach power by force is the best way to suppress them otherwise, this would be too difficult to prevent the worse scenarios, the paper concluded.