US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan have reduced joint military operations with Afghan army owing to increasing threats of attacks. These operations were carried out against militants linked to al-Qaeda and other terrorist outfits. US-led coalition forces have eliminated hundreds of potential terrorists in different areas of the volatile Afghanistan with the help of the Afghan army. These joint operations also contributed largely in the training of the newly inducted Afghan troops and help them understand different options to deal with potential terrorists. Now it comes as shocking news for many based here in New York City and Kabul that American troops have reduced joint operations with the Afghan army.
The decision was prompted by increasing number of attacks on foreign troops by Afghan soldiers and police personnel over the past six weeks. The release of anti-Islam movie “The Innocence of Muslims” has also prompted attacks on international troops; therefore, it has been decided to suspend training activities of Afghan troops as well. It may be pertinent to mention here that all US strategy to exit from Afghanistan at the end of 2014 is based on the training of Afghan security forces so that they could deal with terrorists and militants effectively even after the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The US plans to hand over security matters to Afghan troops after the coalition partners exit from the violence-wracked country. The troops are not only being trained, but also being provided with sophisticated weapons to use against terrorists and militants. Afghan security forces have also been given on-job training to learn uses of modern gadgets and sophisticated weapons. However, it is also a fact that dozens of attacks have been made on foreign troops by Afghan soldiers and police personnel, at least the attackers were wearing uniform of them and in many cases they have accepted the crime as well. So, the US is left with no other option, but to reduce joint military operations with Afghan troops.
Joint military actions will still be carried out, but on a very limited scale. It will require a general’s approval for any joint operation against militants. Following the release of some video clips from the blasphemous film on the internet, a female suicide bomber blew herself up in Kabul on Tuesday, killing 14 people, including 10 foreigners. A spokesman for Afghan insurgent group Hizb-i-Islami claimed responsibility of the suicide attack and said that it was carried out by an 18-year-old woman.
A number of discerning observers based here in New York City opine that coalition forces should restrict their outdoor operations for the next couple of weeks, as militants can attack them to avenge the blasphemous film.