Monthly Archives: May 2017

UNAMA Receives Petition On Hizb-e-Islami’s Hekmatyar – TOLO News

UNAMA said in a statement on Thursday it had received a petition requesting justice for victims of crime allegedly committed by Hekmatyar.

On Thursday afternoon, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) received a petition requesting justice for the victims of crimes allegedly committed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hizb-e-Islami party.

In a press statement issued by UNAMA on Thursday, it said it has welcomed agreements that contribute to a reduction of violence in Afghanistan towards allowing Afghans to live in peace with each other, and remains encouraged by the progress in the implementation of the agreement between the government of Afghanistan and Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin.

“In this context, the United Nations maintains that attention to human rights is of critical importance, and that the promotion and protection of human rights is a key component of genuine and lasting peace. The United Nations views transitional justice and reconciliation as fundamental,” read… Read More on Tolo News

UNAMA receives petition for the trial of crimes committed by Hekmatyar -Khaama Press

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Thursday that the mission has received a petition for the trial of Hezb-e-Islami leader for the alleged crimes he has committed in Afghanistan.

“On Thursday afternoon, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) received a petition requesting justice for the victims of crimes allegedly committed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar,” the UN mission said in a statement.

The statement further added “UNAMA has welcomed agreements that contribute to a reduction of violence in Afghanistan towards allowing Afghans to live in peace with each other, and remains encouraged by the progress in the implementation of the agreement between the Government of Afghanistan and ….

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan: Changing Strategies, Preserving Gains – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Although considerable security, political, and economic progress has been made in Afghanistan, much remains to be done to attain long-term stability and extinguish the Taliban insurgency. In this respect, while the conflict in Afghanistan is no longer consistently in the public eye, it remains of great importance to the United States. Going forward, U.S. policy should aim to protect the integrity of the Afghan state and, toward that end, attempt to end the conflict in ways that mitigate the threats of terrorism, instability, and conflict in the region.

The Current Situation

  • The security environment in Afghanistan is still precarious, evidenced by the uptick in violence in 2016 and the diminishing government control in rural areas.
  • Factions of the Government of National Unity remain divided, and a corrupt patronage system continues to… Read More on Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

More bad choices in Afghanistan? (Negotiating changes in urban areas with the cogent grip of a doggedly resistant Afghan Taliban on vast swathes of rural territory represents a singular challenge in Afghanistan) – Daily Times Pakistan

President Trump is finally set to address his country’s longest running war with a ‘new’ policy for Afghanistan. With an increase in the number of troops in the mix and a visibly more muscular approach on display, the new US administration is signalling renewed intent to keep their Afghan engagement open-ended. Whether this latest commitment to Afghanistan comes conjoined with at least a modicum of political direction towards reconciliation is still unclear.

Ominously, Washington’s point man in the region, Gen McMaster has announced that the same policy would apply to Pakistan – harkening back to Af-Pak days. For many in Pakistan and the region, this rehash of a mini-surge is reminiscent of Obama’s policy – dither between engagement and estrangement. Precisely the kind of dithering, some would argue, that has led Afghanistan headlong into an increasingly … Read More on Daily Times Pakistan

Return of warlord Hekmatyar adds to Afghan political tensions -Washington Post

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar addresses a special ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul on May 4. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

 — When the fugitive warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned home to a lavish official welcome last month, abandoning his 16-year insurgency and forgiven for a history of wartime abuses, he was ­expected to quickly take up the cause of peace and set a conciliatory example for Taliban insurgents.

Instead, the fiery Islamist leader has landed like a bombshell in the roiling world of Afghan politics, publicly insulting President Ashraf Ghani, reneging on a pledge to disarm several thousand loyal fighters, and leaving the stunned capital wondering if inviting him back was a huge mistake.

At 69, Hekmatyar cuts an avuncular and scholarly figure, but his name still strikes fear and horror here. Once an anti-Soviet militia hero, he became …. Read More on Washington Post

Third American engagement in Afghanistan – The Nation

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit is going to be held on May 24-25, 2017. Apart from other various important security issues, NATO members will discuss Afghanistan’s security situation and most likely President Donald Trump will announce its policy on Afghanistan. According to international media reports, he will likely send five thousand American soldiers in Afghanistan. This will be the third American “military engagement” in Afghanistan since 2001. After the first American engagement in 2001, former President Obama tried to curb Afghan militancy in 2009 by sending more than 30,000 troops. It was called the “second American engagement in Afghanistan”. However, the second “engagement of the US” in Afghanistan could not bring desired results for the US. Currently, scholars are discussing about new surge of American troops and their objectives in Afghanistan. Why is Trump sending five thousand troops in Afghanistan?

It seems that President Trump wants to portray himself as a stronger and aggressive President as compared to his predecessor. Moreover, he also wants to show American public that he is radically different from former President. The NATO drawdown and presence of American non-combating forces was the strategy of former President. However, troops surge in Afghanistan Will… Read More on The Nation 

NATO Allies and partners reaffirm their Warsaw commitments to sustainable security in Afghanistan and to their strong partnership with Afghanistan – NATO OTAN

NATO Allies and operational partners contributing to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission met today (19 May 2017), at NATO Headquarters, to review ongoing efforts in support to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and long-term stability in Afghanistan.

The President of Afghanistan, His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Commander of the Resolute Support Mission (General John W. Nicholson), and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan (Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann) attended via video conference.

Attendants noted the continued progress made by the Afghan security forces and institutions, just over two years since assumption of full security responsibility by Afghanistan. They also underscored the importance to continue supporting the ANDSF through training, advising and assistance efforts by the Resolute Support Mission. The meeting marked the completion of a process of periodic review of…Read more on NATO OTAN

The Afghan Surge Trump Needs (The Pentagon wants more troops. But it’s the mission that matters.)-Politico Magazine

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In the middle of everything else, President Donald Trump is expected to decide on his strategy for Afghanistan soon. The Pentagon wants more troops, and it’s not clear what the president will decide. Trump has said so little about America’s longest-running conflict that he has left us few clues about his intentions.

Countless strategies have emerged over the course of America’s longest war, now in its sixteenth year. None has worked. More than a dozen international terrorist groups operate along both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The Afghan security forces have fought bravely but lack adequate air power, leadership, retention rates and coalition support to stem the tide of a resurgent Taliban, which now controls more ground than at any point since 2001. Just last month, Taliban fighters managed to get through seven police checkpoints to a military base in Balkh where they slaughtered more than 150… Read More on Politico Magazine