British commanders urge a review of the transition process
Mon Aug 06, 1:54 pm
British commanders have warned Prime Minister Cameron that the withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan could result in the return of the Taliban and Al-Qaida groups.
The Daily Telegraph has said in a statement that British military commanders have warned David Cameroon that the process of transferring security responsibilities should be executed slowly next year in Afghanistan.
British commanders believe Afghan National Security Force (ANSF), Army and Police, are not yet capable of taking over the responsibilities from international forces.
“If the international forces evacuate Afghanistan rapidly, this country may face the re-emergence of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda groups,” said Philip Hammond, British Defense Minister.
The statement added the British military commanders have expressed these fears because so far, 35,000 Afghan Soldiers have left their duties, another 15,000 are absent without leave and another 25,000 soldiers are either permanently absent or have fled.
Currently the Afghan Soldiers are not trustable as these forces in the last six months have killed 33 ISAF Soldiers, and are accused of being involved in drug trafficking and huge corruption.
Based on the plans, the Afghan forces will take over the security responsibilities of all provinces in Afghanistan by the middle of 2013 and the international forces are planning to leave the country by the end of 2014.
President Obama and David Cameroon have agreed on a withdrawal timetable which has created doubts about the fate of Afghanistan.