Enemies try to wage “mental” war against Afghan Forces
Thu Jun 28, 12:23 pm
Afghan forces are now operating independently of ISAF support about 50% of the time. Though this is a vast improvement from a year ago, defense ministry officials recently said that they still need the help of international forces to be able to take on all defense requirements after 2014.
Though concerns still exist about what the state of readiness will be among Afghan security forces after international troops completely withdraw, the growing strength and readiness of Afghan forces is putting increased pressure on the morale of insurgents.
In another key point General Azimi made clear is that enemies are trying to mentally attack Afghan forces.
General Azimi in press conference on Wednesday blamed “hands which are interfering in the affairs of Afghanistan by trying to bring Afghan forces morale under pressure.” He said, “About 70% of armed insurgent operations are being conducted against Afghan forces by a neighboring country.”
General Azimi, the defense ministry spokesman said that he believed if support for the insurgency continues outside of Afghanistan, that foreign influence will undermine Afghanistan’s defense efforts and cause unrest within the country.
“Regional cooperation and coordination is required in the struggle against terrorism,” said General Azimi. “There is an essential need for cooperation between the regional countries to repel terrorism. This is an important responsibility of each regional country,” he said.
Defense Minister Wardak and the Afghan defense ministry has condemned rocket attacks in the eastern region of the country and has rejected the claims of Pakistan officials that insurgents are permitted to secure shelters on Afghanistan soil.
Ariana News has been told by unnamed sources that General John Allen, General Commander for US and NATO troops will go to Pakistan and visit General Ishfaq Kayani in order to discuss the presence of insurgent groups being sheltered in the Qabahil region of Pakistan.
Kunar residents demonstrated against Pakistan rocket attacks on Monday. Officials based in Kunar said that the problem would be solved by the two countries holding political debates.