Monday, 03 January 2011 17:57
In an interview with TOLOnews, a US military commander described Afghan war as non-stop "Tom and Jerry" cartoon, but life-claiming and hazardous
Afghan Defence Ministry sternly supported the new US review of war strategy on Afghanistan and top Isaf officials also appear to be satisfied with gains made by foreign troops in the past year in counter-terrorism combat in the country.
In the wake of 2011 which is fateful to Afghanistan future, some US military officials in Afghanistan seem to be losing trust on implementation of Washington war strategy in Afghanistan.
The new US report on Afghanistan and Pakistan mainly focused on two main things including security transition to Afghan leadership and expansion of counter-terrorism combat to Pakistan to hit insurgents' safe havens and sanctuaries in the country's tribal belt.
A US military commander told a TOLOnews reporter in southern Helmand province that he has come to know that Afghan war is more like "Tom and Jerry" cartoon which never ends. The only difference is the cartoon does not claim lives, but here we lose men every day.
But what hurts is that we are not able to capture sanctuaries where they sketch attacks against us, the US military commander said on condition of anonymity.
"All these words are spoken, but not acted upon. Why aren't we equipped and why haven't the Pakistani Taliban been attacked," an Afghan soldier said in southern Afghanistan who urged anonymity.
Defence Ministry Spokesperson, General Zaher Azimi, said the previous report on Afghanistan had also focused on terror roots outside Afghan borders.
"When we assess something, we should look realistically at it rather than in an absolute way. The past strategy led to a lot of gains and the new review of strategy also has the support," Mr Zaher said.
General Hamid Gul, the former head of Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) said during an interview with TOLOnews that the withdrawal date of US forces from Afghanistan is a sign of Washington and Nato's defeat in their mission.
"The US is losing war and this is totally clear. President Obama has said in the new review of war strategy that US forces will start leaving Afghanistan. The beginning of withdrawal process makes the defeat feasible," Hamid Gul said.
But General Josef Blotz, Isaf Spokesperson, commented that there hasn't been much focus on Pakistan.
He said foreign troops will remain in Afghanistan even beyond 2014.
"We will stay here with a smaller force, because the Afghan forces will be bigger and we will stay here as a force of a more mentoring and training nature. You know still supporting Afghanistan, still supporting the Afghan security forces, plus of course the commitment for development and better governance. So we will stay here for a long time, I don't know how long, but nobody must be worried about leaving the country, this will not happen," Blotz said during an exclusive interview with TOLOnews.
This year marks the beginning responsibility for security transition to Afghan forces, which is not clear from where the process starts. During the Lisbon summit, Afghan President along with President Obama and Nato Chief agreed on setting 2014 as the end date of the process.