Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, June 5th, 2020

A Messy Situation and Downward Slope

It appears that Afghanistan is going through a downward slope as the war on terror is passing its tenth year. The confusion within the government, loss of public trust in the government and the terrible security situation are the signs of things that move in the wrong direction. There is a high level of uncertainty about the ability of the government to begin to put things in the right track. After the two embarrassing incidents of attack on Ministry of Defense and the scandalous prison break in the southern province of Kandahar, six foreign soldiers were killed in a shooting by a gunman in Afghan military uniform.

The alliance confirmed the incident through a statement saying, "Six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following a shooting incident here today." Gen. Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for Ministry of Defense, has also said that the incident triggered by a verbal clash between an Afghan pilot and one of his foreign counterparts. The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mojahed has claimed that the shooter was a suicide attacker linked with the group. These unexpected incidents continue to give rise to concerns among Afghan people and Afghan government and international forces are failing to respond to growing public concerns about the course of their efforts.

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, the ministry of defense announced cancellation of the military parade during the anniversary of Mujahidin's victory against the Soviet Union. The ministry has said that the parade has been cancelled for security reasons and ward off a possible threat to civilians and prevent traffic jams. The security forces are unable to protect the sensitive institutions and provide security for the national events even in the capital of the country. A recent report of 39 pages by the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has said that despite the U.S. spending more than half a billion dollars to build an Afghanistan police force, it is impossible to know how many police are on the job and whether the right people are getting paid.

The report also raises long-term concerns about how the Afghanistan government will maintain its police force as it says, "The government of Afghanistan does not have the financial resources to sustain ANP (Afghanistan National Police) salaries and other related costs at either the current or projected levels." The situation is becoming messy at the time when Afghan national security forces are preparing to begin take over security responsibility in July.