Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Concerns about Our Security Forces

According to reports, the US and coalition allies are reducing funding for increase in the number of Afghanistan security forces. This was discussed in a meeting last week in Kabul. Previously the US and allies had planned to increase 72,000 troops to Afghan security forces, but now the number has been reduced to 46,000 after cuts in funding by the US Congress. The number is 26,000 fewer than the planned figures.

In 2011, the US and allies are spending $11.6 billion for training and salaries of Afghan security forces, and next year it will increase to $12.8 billion, of which 92% will be provided by the US.
After the withdrawal of foreign troops, and cuts of funding by the US and allies, it is obvious that Afghanistan will not be able to maintain its security forces with its financial needs. One reason for the reduction of training new troops is the concerns about maintenance of the army and police with financial support. Currently there are 305,600 troops, and the number is expected to increase to 352,000 by next year.

Afghanistan's estimated GDP for next year is $18.3 billion, and it is predicted that we won't be capable to support our security forces until another decade. It's deeply concerning that the international community is reducing support to build and maintain our security forces. The concerns of European diplomats about eruption of civil war after NATO withdrawal will soon be a reality if the Afghan Government fails to provide salaries of the security forces. Neither Afghanistan can increase the gross domestic production nor, the international financial institutions can lend us any more. And it's all because of the deeds of the current Government and our leaders in power.

The international community is right to completely halt all financial support for Afghan security forces and withdraw their troops from this country, because our President call them "occupiers". We should not forget that after the Soviet withdrawal and civil war, Afghanistan security forces had been fragmented, but it was the current western allies led by the US who not only built a strong army, but also equipped and spent billions of dollars to support it. But our leaders instead of being thankful, has always been harshly, but without any sense, critical of these allies.

President Karzai must stop the irrational criticism of our western allies every other day. Calling them occupiers sounds like a Taliban spokesman, not head of a Afghan state.