Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Heading to Chaos or Collapse

The country is headed to an unknown destination. It may prove graver than anticipated. The widespread calls for forces withdrawal from ghanistan, the declining aid and the losing opportunities have put the nation at stake. Incompetent state institutions, insufficiently experienced elites, added to the ever growing insecurity and the external intrusions, ask for a thorough revision of the decision to hand over security job to afghan forces.

The deliberate killing of high ranking government officials at the outset of coalition troops' drawdown demonstrate the hard fact that the country would either enter into a politically wobbly chaotic era or fall into the wrong hands once the international forces leave the country prematurely.

Despite frequent political, promising announcements over the post-withdrawal circumstances in Afghanistan, military experts and the officials in the Afghan security agencies warn against the highly probable consequence of a hasty withdrawal. The recent high-ranking assassinations and the political instability have caused great shock in public.

Alarming enough, the situation has provoked concern in regional countries that do not think, in existence of strong external interference, Afghanistan is ready for a taking over the mission. In an obvious expression of concern, India has appealed to the US to remain involved in Afghanistan in accordance with the comfort of the war-torn nation.

As yet, of the main troop contributing countries, the US, Canada, Britain and France have set short deadlines for pulling out their troops. The reasons behind pullout announcements are, in truth, the appalling perspective of war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the impatient public opinion in NATO member countries, rising death toll and economic pressures.

However, everyone is putting the case in a more promising way. They reiterate that NATO and the coalition forces have appropriately handled the job and it is high time to surrender responsibilities to the afghan government.

Trying to make a distinction between the Soviet Union's 1989 withdrawal and that of the NATO forces by 2014, NATO officials like to prove that they are creating a proper backup when abandoning Afghanistan. It is true the Afghan forces will ultimately have to deal with the problem but the status quo opposes this premature withdrawal of forces that will surely lead to declining aids and international community's little attention to Afghanistan.