By: Suraya Raiszada
KABUL: In recent meetings with Afghan Authorities, NATO officials said that the organization stands fully committed to continue supporting the further development and sustainment of the Afghan security forces and institutions.
The Ministry of National Defense appreciates NATO’s cooperation in strengthening the country’s defense and security forces, and considers the role of this assistance in increasing the capacity and capabilities of these forces important and effective.
“The support of the international community, especially NATO, has an effective role to play in enhancing the combat and professional capabilities of the Afghan forces,” said Fawad Aman, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.
“The defense and security forces are ready to defend the country independently and will not allow the Taliban to once again impose an ‘illegitimate regime’ on the people through war and bloodshed,” he added.
While welcoming the continued cooperation of NATO with the Afghan military forces, a numbers of experts and representatives of the people in the Parliament emphasize that Afghanistan needs the strong cooperation of the international community in the fight against terrorism.
“Unfortunately, the current strategy for combating international terrorism is geographically incorrectly focused, and this strategy has somehow failed,” said A. Hadi Khalid, a former deputy interior minister and senior military official.
“Therefore, the fight can only be effective if the Afghan security forces are fully equipped to be able to defend the security of the people and their country well,” he said.
“The Afghan government has no doubt been unable to fight terrorism alone because the fight against terrorism requires global determination. The world knows that Afghanistan is a victim of terrorism, which is why NATO has repeatedly emphasized the need to equip Afghan forces,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the 20-year presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan has not been able to provide security. As promised, the world has equipped Afghan forces as promised. Now is a very good time for NATO to pay more attention to the training and equipping of Afghan forces,” said Amir Mohammad.
Meanwhile, a number of citizens say: “Despite the 20-year mission of these countries in Afghanistan to fight terrorist groups, unfortunately, terrorism is taking its toll on our innocent people every day and now Afghan forces are in a fierce battle with the Taliban.”
“The international community should not leave Afghanistan alone and cooperate in training and equipping the Afghan security forces so that they can act alone in the fight against terrorism and ensure the security of their country,” they said.
“As NATO insists, the end of our mission in Afghanistan does not mean the end of security threats, so the international community has not been able to eradicate terrorism in spite of billions of dollars in its 20-year presence. Afghan security forces are scarce,” military experts say. How can they deal with these threats? Serious attention needs to be paid to funding and equipping the Afghan security forces.
Unfortunately, the spread of insecurity in Afghanistan, especially in insecure provinces, the hands from outside of the country are increasingly involved and they want the war in Afghanistan to continue so that they can use it to their advantage.
The capabilities of the Afghan security forces are currently increasing, and they are fighting the government’s armed opposition on the battlefield with a high fighting spirit.
What is happening in the country today is only the blessing of the sacrifices of the Afghan forces who provide security for the people and their country by shielding their chests, so the only option that can affect their capabilities and prevent their losses is to end the war and ensure peace in Afghanistan.
Over the past 20 years, NATO has spent billions of dollars to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, but terrorism will still be a threat not only to the Afghan people but to the region and the world.