Nicholson speaks out as Trump considers new military policy in Afghanistan; says war has to be won.
Failure In Afghanistan Means Strengthening Terrorists In West
NATO has to win the war against the insurgents in Afghanistan, the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan (RS) said on Saturday at a gathering in Kabul held to mark the sacrifices of by Afghan and foreign soldiers.
The commander of the U.S and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, said failure in Afghanistan will embolden extremist groups in the West.
Nicholson said they should and will defeat the insurgents to safeguard their own homeland.
“If we fail in Afghanistan, we will invite terror attacks on our homelands. Failure with unleash millions of migrants out of this region and the rest of the world. Failure will embolden terrorists and jihadists globally to include those already inside our own countries. That is why we are here and that is why we must win,” said Nicholson.
The sacrifices of the Afghan and foreign soldiers who have injured in the war against insurgents were appreciated by NATO chief in Kabul.
“The country has a right to rely on us and you, if we sacrifice our lives for the country, that is still not enough,” Nasir Ahmad, a former Afghan National Army officer said.
Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani also admired the bravery of Afghan forces in defending their homeland.
“I thank our new generation, for their bravery and sacrifices they make in the Afghanistan’s defense and security forces,” said Ghani.
Nicholson remarks over defeating insurgents in Afghanistan were expressed as the United States president Donald Trump recently said he had inherited a mess in Afghanistan and that announcing his strategy on Afghanistan’s war is a big decision for him.
The new US strategy is expected to be announced soon.