Afghan security forces much stronger now: Carter
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has had considerable success in Afghanistan, the US Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, told lawmakers on Wednesday adding that the Afghan national security forces is much stronger now.
“We have had had considerable success in Afghanistan. I was just speaking to President (Ashraf) Ghani yesterday morning. He was reporting the results of the campaign there,” Carter told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing.
“The Afghan security forces, which we are enabling, which we trained and equipped and are enabling, the national unity government of President Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, which is a multi-sectarian government holding together, this in Afghanistan, which I think, if you would go back 15 years would say a very unlikely place for that to be done,” he said.
In response to a question, Carter said: “….we have assisted and enabled that. Our people are very good at that. We're not at that stage yet in Iraq, but when we get to that stage, I think that we will participate in an international effort to help these places that are tragically demolished to rebuild themselves and govern themselves.”
Congressman Mac Thornberry expressed his concern over reports of Iran helping the Taliban. “Very concerning to me are recent press reports that in the midst of negotiations to remove sanctions related to its nuclear program, Iran is continuing to pay and equip the Taliban in Afghanistan as part of its regional efforts to sow instability and harm US interests,” he said.
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