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End war with new tactics
Posted:Jul 31, 2017
 
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The most dangerous attitude is to remain constant in blunders. Accepting faults can alter the life. Observing faults can change everything as we all know that old ways won’t open new doors. It is time for some bitter truths. US had made many mistakes in its longest war in Afghanistan. During 16-year of fighting, neither peace maintained nor militant outfits eliminated, instead Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, also known as Daesh militant emerged under the very nose of US presence in Afghanistan. Plenty of mistakes made by US, and the dangerous one were fully putting weight behind Pakistan in campaign of global war on terror. 
 
However, today Pakistan is the number one supporter of militant outfits undermining US mission in Afghanistan, even making attempt to fail it utterly. Anyways, now US is making efforts to mend it by cutting financial aids. Totally, Afghan war is not in right truck and need a change in tactics. Importantly, privatizing the military isn’t the answer, rather making things more complicated. President Donald Trump said: “We’ve been there (Afghanistan) for now close to 17 years and I want to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years, how it’s going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas.” 
 
His speech is entirely showing that during this period nothing significantly happened, that’s why the new US president is frustrated about the lack of progress in Afghanistan. He also seems to skeptical about his military advisors’ proposal for the development of up to another 4,000 US trainers, advisors and counter-terrorism forces to join the 8,500 now stationed here. In spite of Afghan forces and civilians, 2,400 US forces were also killed, and hundreds of billions of dollars spent, but security situation still remains precarious. 
 
The Afghans would appreciate Trump’s insist on a searching review of US policy in a bid to logical end the war. But the recent proposal that has been floated to replace US forces by private security is not right thing. This is not a good idea at all and the US President must not nod for this. This idea is good to earn more money in term of business, but it is a terrible one to halt war in Afghanistan as it can’t. We should not forget the history Blackwater. Two men who worked as security contractors for the company known as Blackwater have been charged with murder of two Afghan civilians. Other case like this also reported. 
 
Moreover, the company becomes notorious after a group of its employees were convicted of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007 in Baghdad. So as whole, privatizing military is not solution to the Afghan conflict. Send more troops and privatizing military is absolutely no a good idea, rather better integration of US advisor with Afghan military units, and a change in military command structure could be very much useful in war on terror. If Trump wants to end war in Afghanistan, despite supporting Afghan security forces, he must pressurize countries supporting and harboring militancy.
 
Afghanistan Times, July 31, 2017
 
 
 
 
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