By: Suraya Raiszada
KABUL: following the recent development in peace talks between the US and Taliban, addressing a second consultative meeting with military officials and commanders on a potential peace deal on Monday evening, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani praised Afghan forces braveries in war on terror, saying the withdrawal of about 4,000 American troops would not affect the situation of Afghanistan.
“Our stance on ending the war has provided an opportunity for the Taliban to agree to violence reduction. Now there is an opportunity for negotiations and an end to the war in the country,” the president said.
The United States and the Taliban again appear to be taking steps toward peace in Afghanistan after U.S. officials announced a seven-day reduction of violence on Friday at the Munich Security Conference. The temporary truce is “very specific,” applying nationwide and including Afghan government forces. If successful, it will mark the first steps toward a deal to bring an end to the 18-year war in Afghanistan, where around 4,000 U.S. troops to leave the country.
But a number of the political analysts believe that US forces immediate pullout to have negative impact on the situation in Afghanistan.
“If US gradually withdraw forces from Afghansitan, then it would not have negative impacts, but if they take any hasty decision in this regard, then would have definitely negative impacts that would benefit the terrorists and their backers,” Hadi Khalid, a former military official said.
He also said that Afghan government needed to be backed by the international community so that to better fight the international terrorists, that posing serious threats to the country and that of the world too.
“Since Afghanistan is still at war with militants, so such decision of the US government would be not a good idea and would affect the security situation in the country,” military analyst, Ateequllah Amarkhel said.
A Kabul university lecturer Hashimi also believes that hasty withdrawal of the US forces to leave negative consequences, adding that such decisions should be made when a fully peace deal reached between the warring parties.
“We really need the presence of the international community to monitor our democratic processes,” Hashimi said, adding foreign forces presences was crucial to help train the Afghan forces.
There are about 13,000 US troops as well as thousands of other NATO personnel in Afghanistan, 18 years after a US-led coalition invaded the country following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.
Last month the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, a US government agency, assessed that there had been a record-high number of attacks by the Taliban and other anti-government forces in the last three months of 2019.