Trump fires up US war machine condemning Afghanistan to endless war

President Trump’s long-awaited strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia has finally been announced. But it has grave implications for Afghanistan. While there is some clarity on the US stance vis-a-vis Pakistan and its safe havens for the “agents of chaos”, the new US strategy will widen the war and cause more death and destruction in Afghanistan. The new policy does not reflect any lessons learned from the serious errors pertaining to the protection of human lives. Therefore, such a policy must be stopped from further damaging and condemning Afghanistan to an endless war. Intensifying war, increasing terrorism The new US strategy … Continue reading Trump fires up US war machine condemning Afghanistan to endless war

How Ghani’s appeasement towards Pakistan has worsened the situation inside Afghanistan

The May 31 Kabul truck bomb attack, the worst since 2001, shows that Pakistan won’t change its support for terrorism inside Afghanistan unless there is a strategic shift in US policy towards Pakistan. By Aimal Faizi  Afghan president Ashraf Ghani referred to Pakistan nine times in his 36-minute speech at the Kabul Process conference on June 6, a one-day meeting between the Afghan government and representatives of 27 countries and international organizations charged with restarting apeace process in this violence-torn country. While Ghani’s central demand was to urge the world community to act on its “promise” to fight terrorism and help Afghans in responding to the threat … Continue reading How Ghani’s appeasement towards Pakistan has worsened the situation inside Afghanistan

Afghanistan must stand firm and resist US war-making

Despite the US signing a bilateral security and defense pact with Afghanistan in 2014, civilian casualties are on the rise, the death rate of Afghan security forces is at an all time high, and terrorism has sharply increased.   President Trump is expected to make a decision on a proposal to strengthen US military presence in Afghanistan and send between 3,000 to 5,000 additional American troops to the country. Under the new plan, US forces will also step up air strikes against the Taliban. Washington is again beating the war drum, but failing to tackle terrorism. Whatever the real motive … Continue reading Afghanistan must stand firm and resist US war-making