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Govt’s war strategy failing, say analysts

Govt’s war strategy failing, say analysts

Apr 27, 2015 - 21:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Political analysts on Monday said the war strategy in Afghanistaninfo-icon was failing and the government needed to reconsider its policies on both peace and war.

The insurgents traditionally step up their attacks every year following a winter break, but this year, they have intensified their operations focused more on northern provinces as changed war tactics.

Based on reports, currently the insurgents have engaged security forces in clashes in Kunduz, Sar-i-Pul, Faryab, Jowzjan and Badakhshan provinces.

Critics say the lack of a proper war and security strategy how to tackle insurgency has boosted insurgents’ morale on the battlefield.

Wahid Muzhda, a political analyst, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government’s strategy seemed to fight only those attacking security forces.

“War strategy is not just about war. A major part of it could be peace parleys. We are not in war with a foreign country to say we will not end the war until the enemy is defeated,” he added.

He added the government’s war strategy was facing defeat and it was necessary to revisit the current strategy.

Muzhda said the Talibaninfo-icon had intensified their operations in the north as a show of strength. He added after foreign militants pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State or Daesh group in the north, the Taliban also intensified their activities in that region because Daesh’s presence could undermine their credibility.

Atiqullah Amarkhail, a military expert, said the incumbent government had two heads with disagreements on many issues.  He said destabilising northern Afghanistan had been a long-term plan of regional countries.

“This government acts in reaction. It lacks a vision for future. If they had a proper strategy, the insurgents would not have become this strong.”



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