Security situation seen as precarious in eastern zone
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): There has been considerable improvement in the political situation in Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani came to power, but the security environment remained at risk, lawmakers were informed on Tuesday.
Gen. (R) John M. Keane told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on Global Challenges and US National Security Strategy the situation in the south was relatively stable with some exceptions,
“Because the White House provided 25 percent less surge forces than requested and then pulled them out prematurely, these forces were never applied to the east as they were, successfully, in the south,” Keane argued.
As such the Haqqani network had not been rooted out of their support zones and safe areas in Afghanistan, he continued.
“All we accomplished will be at risk, as it was in Iraq, if the troops are pulled out not based on the conditions on the ground. How can we not learn the obvious and painful lesson from Iraq?” he warned.
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