Afghanistan: betrayal or defeat

Afghanistan: betrayal or defeat

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Talibans inside Afghan Presidential Palace image Reuters

By Sajid Iqbal


From day one of the recruitment for Afghan army, the govt faced challenges with respect to motivation of the soldiers. There’s a record of incidents where Afghan forces opened fire on international troops.

There has been reported cases of Taliban sympathizers within ANA. Taliban are fighting with a cause (right or wrong is debatable), but ANA is confused about the holiness and legitimacy of their war against fellow Afghans. The debacle is not about numbers but about the level of commitment and clarity of thoughts vis-à-vis war.

Public got convinced by Taliban slogan of ‘jihad against invaders’. In the ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations, the Afghan government has been less flexible to accommodate Taliban demands, which further deteriorated the existing security conditions.


In the background, Taliban lost legitimacy and public sympathies towards the end of their rule in 2001 and hence the public was somewhat least reactive to the US Intervention with a hope to have peace and progressive Afghanistan.

The record corruption by the Afghan government in public welfare funds and failure of the US forces to stop civilian casualties resulted in change of minds. Common Afghans, who are not well represented on social media due lack of facilities, started providing support to Taliban in cities and towns.

Public got convinced by Taliban slogan of ‘jihad against invaders’. In the ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations, the Afghan government has been less flexible to accommodate Taliban demands, which further deteriorated the existing security conditions.

The inflexibility of the Afghan govt is seems to be a well thought strategy to make the US rethink of its withdrawal decision. In a nutshell, durable peace depends on inclusive powersharing. Excluding Taliban or any other group, as did the US in Bonn conference in 2001, would prolong the Conflict.

The views expressed in the article are the authors own and do not necessarily reflect our Editorial Policy.


Author

Dr. Sajid Iqbal is a geopolitical analyst with specialization in South Asian Politics.


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