Five-Year Security Strategy Differentiates Friend From Foe: Govt

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The government on Thursday assured the nation that security forces will be more effective against insurgents from now on following the implementation of the five-year security and defense strategy.

Officials have said the strategy also defines the terms friends and enemies.

The Presidential Palace said that the strategy contains plans for enhancing the capacity of Afghan forces and it also explains ways to put more pressure on militants.

“The government has plans in place for military operations to put pressure and this security defense strategy has also assessed the capacity of Afghan security forces,” said Dawa Khan Menapal, a deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani.

He said that the strategy clearly states that those who attack Afghan forces and the people are the enemies and serious action will be taken against them.

The National Security Council (NSC) is also optimistic regarding the implementation of the strategy.

“The strategy clearly defines the terms friends and enemies and this inclusive security strategy will yield good results,” Sayed Khalil Anwari, an advisor to the NSC, said.

“I am glad to hear that we have a five-year security strategy. With this step we can raise morale of our security forces and achieve success,” said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, an MP from western Herat province.

The strategy has been devised in coordination with foreign troops.

“Daesh, Taliban and Haqqani network, are all the enemies of Afghanistan and everyone who stands against our people is our enemy,” said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

This comes after U.S President Barack Obama recently stressed that Washington will support Afghanistan in its fight against Daesh.

Experts believe that after hopes for peace talks with the Taliban dwindled, the government has adopted a strong stance against the insurgent group.

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