War On Terror: Govt Terms NATO, US Troops' Presence Effective

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The Presidential Palace on Thursday termed the presence of NATO and US troops in the war against terrorism as effective and necessary.

However, the deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, said that it was the duty of U.S politicians to decide over the future of U.S troops in Afghanistan. He added that security forces stand ready to protect their country.

“The deals that Afghanistan signed with the United States and NATO form the base for the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan. The troops have been effective in the fight against terrorist as well as strengthening Afghan forces.

However, U.S politicians will decide over th number of their troops in the future. We, ourselves, are ready to defend our country,” Hashemi said.

A number of security analysts meanwhile believe that the U.S troops should suppress militants in Afghanistan.

“Daesh is gathering strength in Afghanistan, Taliban has a presence, and based on Pakistan’s plan, other militant groups are emerging one after another, as such there is a need for the presence of NATO in Afghanistan. However, NATO should focus on militants’ safe havens in Pakistan,” said Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, the former Deputy Minister of Interior.

The United States and NATO’s support for Afghan security forces is considered critical.

“International cooperation, particularly the United States’ military support for Afghanistan helps the legitimate government of Afghanistan to move forward,” said Baz Mohammad Anwari, a university lecturer.

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