Like chronic alcoholism, compulsive American meddling in the affairs of other countries can only be recovered from by admitting the problem exists in the first place. While the Camp David meetings were still in progress, army chief Gen Bajwa told the Centcom chief of Pakistan's firm policy of backing the United States and the Kabul government's forces in Afghanistan. Of course, they have had 16 years to "win" the war, but have abjectly failed to do so.
The Taliban, who are fighting to drive out foreign forces and re-establish its "Islamic Emirate" based on a local variant of theocratic traditionalism, issued a statement saying the leaflet made clear "that this war is a war between Islam and unbelief". Over time, the guerrillas are hoping to make the stronger party exhausted, and if it is a foreign occupier, make the war so costly in lives and money that that participant eventually goes back home.
The military's apology on Wednesday came just hours before The Washington Post reported that 3,500 more American troops would be sent to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump's new strategy for the country, a figure broadly in line with expectations.
By simply sticking with the Afghan conflict, Trump's plan amounts to a victory for the military men increasingly filling Trump's inner circle and a stinging defeat for the nationalist supporters who saw in Trump a like-minded skeptic of US intervention in long and costly overseas conflicts. But Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, elected through a fraudulent election, runs a kleptocracy unable to give moral leadership to the 190,000 demoralised individuals of the Afghan National Security Force.
The Pakistani minister added that his country is not feeling threatened by the USA following the harshly worded Trump speech.
A USA commander on Wednesday apologized for leaflets dropped in Afghanistan that were deemed offensive to Islam. Yet, this pipe dream is not even worth fantasizing about.
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Carpet production in Afghanistan has dropped drastically in the last few years from two million cubic meters in 2010 to 40,000 cubic meters in 2017 and statistics show at least 75 percent of carpet weavers have left their profession.
It also coincided with a spate of civilian casualties blamed on USA airstrikes, which analysts said could further fuel anti-American sentiment and make the troops' arrival less than welcome by some Afghans.
The U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) have not yet commented on the incident. The initial military objectives of Operation Enduring Freedom, as articulated by President George W. Bush included; "destruction of terrorist training camps and infrastructure within Afghanistan, the capture of al Qaeda..." Ensuing outrage over the incident led to massive protests nationwide and the deaths of dozens, including four US military personnel, according to Reuters. To understand bin Laden's motivation for the attacks is not to condone such brutal atrocities, but to attempt to find a quiet change in US policy that might take the fire out of the Islamist jihad. Taliban Government was overthrown within few days of United States invasion. Anti-India terror groups and their leaders, nominated as worldwide terrorists by the USA, with bounties of ten million dollars, roam freely in Pakistan, openly address the public and gather funds.
All in all, it seems the overtures Obama was making towards India and the silent retreat his administration was making from supporting its old ally Pakistan have only got an advanced outlook through Trump administration's South Asia policy. And Afghan forces remain too weak to secure the country without American help.
Referring to reports that Afghanistan is endowed with almost $1 trillion in mineral resources, he wryly observed, "I'm sure the moon has even more mineral wealth, but you need a way to get it out to markets". Having spent years criticizing America's involvement in Afghanistan, he now appears inclined toward an open-ended commitment, but with no real ways to measure success and no hint of a timetable for withdrawal. The year before, USA airstrikes infamously hit a hospital operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the same province, killing 42 civilians, including patients and medical staff at the hospital's Trauma Centre. The militants, dressed in Indian military uniforms fought a 14-hour battle against Indian security forces that only ended when the last attacker was killed. It was later said that there was never any question of capturing the man responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans.
Pakistan police officers fire tear gas shell to disperse Shiite Muslims during an anti-U.S rally, when they tried to march toward the US consulate, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. But more important is knowing exactly what his goal is.