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US spymaster remarks to boost enemy’s morale: Analysts

US spymaster remarks to boost enemy’s morale: Analysts

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Feb 10, 2016 - 17:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some political experts on Wednesday expressed concern over recent remarks by the US spymaster, saying such assertions could leave a negative impact on the morale of Afghan people and security forces.

On Tuesday, the US spymaster warned Afghanistaninfo-icon faced a political breakdown in 2016 given eroding political cohesion, assertions of authority by local powerbrokers, recurring financial shortfalls and sustained Talibaninfo-icon attacks.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers: “Afghanistan is at serious risk of a political breakdown during 2016, occasioned by mounting political, economic and security challenges…”

He also referred to other debilitating factors and sustained countrywide Taliban attacks. On worldwide threats, Clappers informed the Congress the Afghan militants were not interested in peace talks.

The spymaster noted the Taliban had largely coalesced and were relatively cohesive under the leadership of Mullahinfo-icon Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, despite some early opposition to his election. 

Reacting to his remarks, Kabul University teacher Shahla Farid told Pajhwok the people of Afghanistan were concerned the situation in coming days would get worse.

She, however, said such comments from a top US official could hurt the morale of security forces and boost the morale of the enemy of Afghanistan.

She said the lack of attention to the security situation by the Afghan leaders had resulted in the current turmoil, adding that this situation helped the enemy get advantage and capture more territory.

Najib Mahmood, another university teacher, said the unity government from the day one had been unable to adopt standards of governance. He said the fresh comments of the US official might be a warning for the Afghan leaders.

Mahmood said the unity government leaders should pay more attention to the law and order situation and should strive hard to bring peace and stability to the country, otherwise the growing insecurity could further deepen the crisis.

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