Whose Army: Afghanistan's Shrinking Army, War Criminals, Private Militias and the Future of Civil War

Whose Army: Afghanistan's Shrinking Army, War Criminals, Private Militias and the Future of Civil War

Whose Army: Afghanistan's Shrinking Army, War Criminals, Private Militias and the Future of Civil War

Whose Army: Afghanistan's Shrinking Army, War Criminals, Private Militias and the Future of Civil War

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Many mis-steps have been made in the war in Afghanistan, some by Pakistani generals and some by US and Russian generals. When American generals plunged their military forces into Iraq, they were underestimating the importance of Afghanistan. They also gave a free hand to Pakistani generals to set the future direction of that war. Military operational errors, high rates of collateral damage, illegal night raids, unnecessary killings, humiliation of innocent civilians and desecration of the Holy Koran at the hands of American soldiers all combined to create what might euphemistically be called a “relationship gap” between US and NATO allied forces and the people of Afghanistan. The criminal acts of US Special Forces and unaccountable Blackwater militias created permanent hostility towards foreign forces.

The former Mujahedeen Commander and Minister for Water and Power, Ismail Khan, criticized US and ISAF generals for their incoherent approach to the war in Afghanistan. On 23 September, 2013, in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Ismail Khan said that international coalition “has taken away” his country artillery and tanks and turned them into scrap metal.

The arrogant Americans drove the most important Taliban out of Kabul,
bombed the rest from the air and then ended the war.… Mr. Ismail Khan
categorically said that he and his Mujahedeen have 20 years combat experi
ence, and they defeated Soviet Union in 1980s. The Afghan army trained by
the West has lost 63,000 men, or one in the three soldiers, to desertion in
the last three years.

There are numerous predictions that the country will plunge into brutal civil war. The Afghan Security Forces and Taliban are still in the battlefield . . .

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