Afghan endgame — military action or political activism? – The Express Tribune

In this photograph taken on August 5, 2012, an Afghan National Army soldier walks during a patrol with US soldiers from Apache team, Task force Geronimo in the village of Karizona, Sabari District in Khost Province. PHOTO: AFP

In this photograph taken on August 5, 2012, an Afghan National Army soldier walks during a patrol with US soldiers from Apache team, Task force Geronimo in the village of Karizona, Sabari District in Khost Province. PHOTO: AFP

‘Don’t send more American forces to Afghanistan,’ says an open letter addressed to US President Donald Trump published by the Afghan Taliban. The letter suggests the US president should adopt a ‘strategy of complete withdrawal from Afghanistan instead of a troop surge’. What does this mean for future of Afghanistan? Will the Trump administration heed the Taliban’s suggestion? In the overall cost-benefit analysis of this long fought stalemated war, I think it should.

The big question that has been asked by the strategists for over a decade and a half now is — what would yield a stable Afghanistan? Post-9/11 the stability of the world has been associated with the stability of Afghanistan — billions of dollars have been spent in a stalemated warfare there to convert it into a stable and peaceful state that may eventually become inhospitable to terrorists.

The attainment of this goal has so far eluded the Americans and their many military and political strategists who tried their luck unsuccessfully — the latest to that list now would be the Trump administration which is soon going to reveal and …Read More on The Express Tribune

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