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Poor US policy in Afghanistan has led to an escalation of the region's insurgency, Afghan political analyst Wahid Muzhda said on the 11th anniversary of the American-led invasion of Afghanistan.
"The international community, particularly the US, had the wrong policy in Afghanistan. They did not define the border between the insurgency and terrorism which has caused insurgency only to increase in the country," Muzhdah told TOLOnews.
"However, we have had many remarkable achievements in the past 11 years," he added.
On October 7 2001, US planes targeted Taliban strongholds in northern Kabul and Takhar provinces after Al Qaeda launched an attack on New York and Washington D.C. on September 11 of the same year, killing nearly 3,000 people. The ostensible aim of the invasion was to root out Al Qaeda, understood to be receiving a safe haven by the Taliban regime then in power.
Political analyst Khudai Nazar Saramchar criticised the poor approach to the training and equipping of Afghan Security Forces as well as the escalation of insecurity.
"Despite the many achievements of the past 11 years of international community's presence in Afghanistan, the expectations of the Afghan people were not met," he said.
"[Lack of ] security and insufficient training and equipping of Afghan security forces will have negative impacts after 2014."
Afghan military expert Atiqullah Amarkhil said he believes that the US failed to achieve its aims in Afghanistan.
"The aim of US the was to eradicate Al Qaeda from the world. When the international community failed to reach the expectations of the Afghan people, the US was already involved in a war that has failed to reach its goals," Amarkhil said.
However, vice president of political party Right and Justice Moeen Marastyal is less pessimistic, saying that while there was some failure to take advantage of the foreign presence for the past 11 years, there is still time.
"After 11 years of US presence in Afghanistan, the government could have taken full advantage of this golden chance. [But] we still have time by 2014 to grab these chances and reduce the challenges ahead," Marastyal said.
Despite the longest war in US history and more than $500 billion dollars later, the challenges ahead of Afghanistan still look bleak. As foreign security forces prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014, the fight against insurgency, rampant corruption, drug trafficking, high unemployment and weak governance remain major concerns for the Afghan people.