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Murky US policy and pervasive violence in Afghanistan

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Why violence today is worse than it was a few years back? Is this happening just because of the US or some domestic factors are also responsible?

If the United States is failing in curbing the terror, yes the terror, it had lit in a joint venture with some Muslim countries, in this ill-fated country, way back in 1980s, who is there to support Afghanistan to extinguish it? These are some of the questions which are being picked up in media analyses and on the floor of national assembly.

If the United States is failing in supporting Afghan security forces, what should be the status of the bilateral security agreement (BSA), with the Washington? The Wolesi Jirga (Lower House) of the Parliament on Saturday asked the government and the United States to adopt a clear standpoint on war on terror. This time, this national body, has hit the bull’s eye as we must know why violence toady is too pervasive than it was just a few years back and why security has been deteriorating? The answer to this question is perhaps the lack of clear definition of ‘enemy and terrorism’. Many of the lawmakers said the US should abide by the promises it has made in the document of the security agreement therefore must train and equip the Afghan forces. However, security officials complain that they have been given such helicopters which are very much misfit for fighting militancy. Resultantly Afghan forces are deprived of their own aerial support and whenever they are caught in trouble and fall short of ammunition while fighting against militants, they call for help from foreign forces. Now once again a question pops up that why the United States has been hesitating from training and equipping Afghan air force despite knowing it that it is aerial power that provides edge to Afghan forces over the Taliban?

Rumors say that Pakistan had asked the United States not to train and equip Afghan air force lest it will cut its alliance with Washington. As the political, economic and security crises are becoming pervasive, and the National Unity Government is finding it impossible to cure all the problems any time soon, therefore, the Wolesi Jirga suggested the government to seek assistance from Moscow. But is it a viable option given the historical tussles between Moscow and Washington? A member of the Wolesi Jirga even called on the government to review the BSA with the US and if it is possible Kabul must ink BSA with Moscow and cancel the one with Washington. This ire is triggered by the flawed and murky policies of US in Afghanistan. The US, so far has failed in a clear definition of who is its enemy in Afghanistan? Only al-Qaeda? Or the Taliban are also in the list of American enemies? And yes what about the ISIS, which is a new threat. The US must take account of this stark fact that nearly all surviving leaders of the ISIS in Afghanistan are from members of the Pakistani Taliban. Then why it has been adopting a weaker stance against Pakistan for its brazen support to terrorists? Besides that when the US knew that investing in religious extremism gives deadliest backfires then why it started investing in ISIS in the Middle East being cognizant of the fact that one day its blowbacks will be felt in Afghanistan.

Now that the Wolesi Jirga has suggested seeking help from Russia, and the government has already attempted so, it will be seen how Kabul secure Moscow’s support.