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Can Afghan Army do it alone with US and NATO Forces Gone?

...The Afghan security forces lack clear understanding what they are defending and who they are fighting against... As a whole the United States and NATO pinned their hopes on finding solutions to a number of questions before the troops pull out. Mainly the solutions are still to be found. Soon we’ll see if Afghanistan is able to maintain stability in the country on its own – the Taliban has promised to undermine the plans to hold a presidential election in April 2014...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 07.02.2014


 

Afghanistan in the Strategic Plans of Iran

...The inevitability of an escalation of the situation in the country after the Americans leave frightens everyone, but it seems that Tehran considers it to be the lesser of two evils. For the Iranians it is more important not to allow the continued long-term American occupation of Afghanistan up to the year 2024, as provided for in the draft agreement which so far Karzai does not want to sign...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 12.12.2013


 

US to Stay in Afghanistan after 2014

On November 24 Afghan elders at a grand assembly in Kabul called for a security deal with the US to be signed this year... The document outlines a broad, long term relationship with Afghanistan that commits the United States to sustaining the Afghan security forces for years to come, and likely deploying thousands of American troops in the country to carry out that training and the limited counter-terrorism role... The draft also allows unfettered overflight rights of US military aircraft... Speaking at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) held late September in Sochi Russian President Putin said the planned 2014 ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan could pose a major threat to its neighbors...

Andrei AKULOV | 26.11.2013


 

NATO Steadfast Jazz Exercise – Chill of Cold War

...Exercise «Steadfast Jazz» is the largest in scale NATO training event in seven years to be held from Nov. 2 to 9 in a number of locations across the Alliance with the largest elements being hosted in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. If NATO were ever called on to defend an alliance member, «we have to be prepared for the more high-end of military operations», said U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove speaking at a NATO headquarters at Brunssum in the Netherlands on September 18...

Andrei AKULOV | 17.10.2013


 

Afghanistan and its Future (II)

The return of Taliban to Kabul is a matter of special concern for Russia and the neighboring CIS (the Community of Independent Nations) states. President Karzai believes Afghanistan is a sovereign country and has a right to determine its own fate, including the involvement of Taliban into the political process. He is self-assured and not concerned a bit about the fact that with ISAF gone the Taliban can come back to the political scene and share power. Those who took the reins after the Soviet forces withdrawal let the movement turn Afghanistan into the springboard of international terrorism. They were self-assured too... Actually the incumbent Afghan government is siding with the United States and NATO getting the country embroiled into the mess with consequences hard to predict...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 08.10.2013


 

ISAF Afghan Pull Out and Security Concerns

Russia has voiced concern over the security threats increasing following the planned withdrawal of most US-led foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. On May 8 the President of Russia said at the Security Council meeting that U.S. and NATO-led forces «have not yet achieved a breakthrough in the fight against terrorist and radical groups» and that these groups have become more active recently... The President further pointed out that «international forces have done practically nothing to root out drug production in Afghanistan» and ignored Russian proposals for more efforts to eradicate crops of poppies used to make heroin. As a result «there is every reason to believe that in the near future we may face a worsening of the situation»...

Andrei AKULOV | 20.05.2013


 

The Situation in Afghanistan (II)

Press reports had indicated that President Karzai would announce at the conference of Afghanistan’s neighbours the plan for Afghan National forces taking over responsibility for Security in additional areas from ISAF forces... Ill-trained and ill-prepared Afghan troops operating in areas where they have few ethnic affinities and are virtually as alien as the Coalition forces is one facet of the problem. The continued high rate of desertion is another. But perhaps most worrying for the ISAF forces may be the spate of recent incidents in which the Afghan soldiers have turned their guns on their foreign trainers and mentors...

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH | 30.11.2011




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Iran: Coming out in the Open to Join First Line of Battle against Islamic State

...Iran realizes that Iraq turns into a springboard for launching an Islamic State aggression against Iran so it makes no secret of its involvement there anymore. The supreme leader of Iran Ali Khamenei says the activities of the US and its allies lead to split among Muslims instead of eradicating terrorism. Tehran believes that the only way to counter the threat is to make Iraqi Shiites join the fight against terrorists. The unparalleled in scale pilgrimage of Iraqi and Iranian believers to the Shia holy city of Kerbela is a telling example of Shiites’ unity...

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