Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Equipping Afghan National Security Forces

On the outset of a decade following the establishment of the new democratic system in Afghanistan, the country remains highly insecure and the military function is considered extremely significant for saving the achievements and meeting the goals. The government under president Karzai is trying to encourage its international backing allies to hand over more responsibilities to the Afghan administration and pave the way for a proper and secure withdrawal.

Having tested out the slow pace of peace building process and the increasing human and financial costs here, the international community is of the same idea and thus has taken steps to put into practice their new strategy. President Obama's strategy for the war against Taliban fighters centers on transferring responsibility for security to Afghan forces.

Having viewed the futility of mere military practices and the appeasement policies, experts believe that neither a mere military nor a placating approach can separately resolve the issue. The government has realized that the current reconciliation process may not necessarily lead to a peaceful future; all options should be put on the table to avoid further slip-ups. Subsequent to the full international forces drawdown, there must be the mechanism and apparatus to relatively ensure security in the country and move forward to completely take control of the state of affairs.

Establishing a well-trained and equipped Afghan force can somewhat guarantee the future security. The government of Afghanistan time to time recommitted to stronger professional self-defense forces that all Afghans can take pride in and that can assume overall responsibility for Afghan security at the earliest possible date. Afghanistan, like any sovereign state with rule of law, must reacquire a monopoly on the use of force within its territory. In the post-Taliban Afghanistan, the government has declared establishment of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) as its major achievement on the way to reconstruct the country.

A decade later, there are still substantial challenges ahead for Afghanistan and its international military partners. The capability of ANSF is the single biggest indicator of whether the current war is going well and is seen as the linchpin in the U.S. strategy. Training and equipping ANSF is of the highest priority for the government of Afghanistan and the international community.

In an exclusive interview with TOLO news, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the head of transition committee overseeing transfer of responsibilities from NATO troops to Afghan forces said that The US government will provide advanced military equipment to the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the next four months - a move to enhance the capabilities of Afghan forces to fight the Taliban. "The equipment are the first of its kind being supplied to the Afghan forces", he said.

Indication suggest that the international forces have failed to aptly equip the forces trained as yet and no solid plan is set to address this need following the NATO forces abandonment in the said timeline. To abandon the country, U.S. and its allies need to make sure that ANSF own the technical capability, enough numbers and the required equipments to address the challenges on its own, or else, the country will almost immediately fall into the hands of terrorists.