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FRANCE TO LEAVE AFGHANISTAN! January 22, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Terrorism Issues.
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An Afghan soldier has shot for members of the French contingent in that country. There have been previous attacks on foreign occupation soldiers.

On one level this latest incident has become about whether the French will remain in Afghanistan, and on another it is about the strategy, as distinct from the objectives, of the occupation.

ABC News reports:

Afghan security forces, or insurgents dressed in their uniforms, have attacked and killed international troops or trainers more than a dozen times in the past two years.

This latest attack will undermine trust between Afghan and western troops. But London Think Tank Chatham House spokesman Dr Gareth Price says the coalition has no choice but to forge on. “The whole strategy is to build up the Afghan National Army and there isn’t really an alternative strategy,” he said. “The alternative would be just to leave Afghanistan. “It would be quite self-defeating if those western countries stopped building it up.”

As for vetting methods during recruitment, Dr Price says it is “tricky” for the Afghan National Army to improve its measures. “The issue with the Afghan army at the moment is it’s very much an army of non-Pashtuns, and that’s difficult for an army that eventually is going to be mainly operating, if it’s taking the turnabout, in Pashtun areas,” he said. “There are attempts to get more Pashtuns within the Afghan National Army and that’s when things get more difficult in terms of vetting. “But at the moment it’s very much an army of northern ethnic groups rather than the southern ones.”

Former Prime Minister, and now Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, could detect no erosion of resolve in his meeting with the French Foreign Minister. This might be as close a reading of French politics as the continued mission in Central Asia is of Afghan politics.

Ramin Mazaheri reports for Press TV Global News that President Sarkozy may have good political reason not to stop at the suspension of combat operations and military training:

John Glaser in an interview with Scott Horton is somewhat pessimistic about the claims of success in Afghanistan.

Will he situation miraculously improve by 2014?

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