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Foreign troop's hasty withdrawal encourages insurgency in Afghanistan: MP

03-05-2012 15:42 BJT

KABUL, March 5 (Xinhua) -- As more than 10,000 U.S. troops have already withdrawn from insurgency-hit Afghanistan, a member of parliament said that foreign troops' speedy pullout would encourage Taliban-led insurgency.

"The present situation in Afghanistan is still uncertain, it is critical and not ripe for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops as Afghan security forces are not equipped enough and not capable enough of dealing with terrorist threats all on their own," Harif Rahmani a member of Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

According to the NATO strategy reached at a summit in Lisbon in November 2010, the NATO and U.S. forces will gradually shift to a training, advisory and assistance role with the Afghan military as they complete all combat troops withdrawal by the end of 2014.

"In the case of the foreign troops' hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, Taliban militants will return and recapture the country," Rahmani said, adding that "the speedy withdrawal would eventually lead to the collapse of this static government or the return of Taliban and there is no third option."

Senior U.S. military officials announced that the United States hopes to end its combat mission in Afghanistan by mid-2013, more than a year earlier than planned, and will focus instead on a training, advisory and assistance role in the central Asian state, local media reported earlier.

In accordance with a timetable announced by U.S. President Barak in May 2011, a total of 10,000 U.S. troops had left Afghanistan by the end of 2011 while an additional 23,000 will be out by summer this year.

Large parts of Afghanistan have recently been handed back to the Afghan security forces.

Asked about operations of foreign military bases and camps, the representative of Ghazni province said, "I think the presence of international forces and existence of foreign military bases and camps is still critical or else vital across Afghanistan as we still need them for helping local forces and securing the state and preventing the country to be once again the safe haven for terrorism."

In fact, these camps and bases, especially those in the far and bordering provinces, had greatly helped Afghan security forces to curb terrorist activities and they are still benefiting the Afghan people in terms of security and stability, he said.

The Taliban is set to retake control over Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country, according to local media reports based on a leaked NATO document early last month.

The document's findings were based on interrogations of more than 4,000 Taliban and al-Qaida detainees.

The war-weary Afghans worry that the United States and its allies will speed up their troop withdrawal after several insider attacks. Over the past year, dozens of soldiers were killed or injured after Afghan soldiers or gunmen in Afghan army uniform turned their weapons at foreign troops.

Since the beginning of this year, at least seven such incidents took place across the country. Two U.S. service members were shot dead by an Afghan army soldier and a local teacher in southern Kandahar province on Thursday.

The bloodiest one was on Jan. 20 in the country's eastern Kapisa province when an Afghan army soldier shot and killed four French soldiers with NATO-led ISAF and injuring 15 others. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Meanwhile, other similar attacks left over eight U.S. and NATO soldiers dead since Jan. 1 this year.

"I have fears that if foreign forces leave the county, we would not have this comparatively secure environment and we will lose all achievement that gained in the past 10 years in the field of security, human rights, freedom of media, as well as women rights, " an Afghan youth Ramazan Ali Atahi said.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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