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US Troops withdrawal and prospects of peace

US Withdrawal and Prospects of Peace in Afghanistan

Announcement of the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan has been one of the most controversial issues in recent weeks and has been met with mixed reactions from Afghans. Some welcome the decision by the US government and NATO, while others see the withdrawal of foreign troops as dangerous in the current context.
For years, the stalemate in Afghanistan has left American officials with two bad choices: to support a corrupt and hopeless Afghan government indefinitely, or to admit defeat and go home, leaving the country to its fate. With 19 years of US war in Afghanistan, the longest war in US history, a consensus is emerging that it is time for American troops to go home. But the speed of the retreat and whether there are any remaining forces left to carry out counter-terrorism operations is still questionable.
The Biden administration has taken commendable steps toward leaving the United States. The Trump-led US administration agreed with the Taliban in February last year to withdraw US troops within 14 months. In return, the Taliban agreed to cut ties with al-Qaeda, do not let terrorists use Afghanistan as a base for international attacks, help reduce violence, and engage in talks with the Afghan political leadership to try to end the conflict. With the inauguration of the new US administration, US President Joe Biden announced that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will begin on May 1 and will continue until September 11. He said that if the Taliban attacked the forces in the process of withdrawing, they would respond with all their might. “It is time for the longest US war to end and for US troops to return home from Afghanistan,” Biden said in a White House speech.
On the other hand, NATO announced that it would withdraw its forces from Afghanistan at the same time as the United States. All US troops are scheduled to leave the country in about five months.
However, political analysts believe that US withdrawal should not mean ending financial support for the Afghan people or leaving the region in chaos. The United States has a moral duty to work with regional partners to clean up the mess it has left behind.
Six countries share a border with Afghanistan. No one wants a failed country in its neighborhood. Afghanistan has been at war almost continuously since 1978, and if Afghanistan’s neighbors work together to support the peace process, they can play an important role in the country’s development.
People expect the new US administration to believe that the Biden administration should support a regional effort to stabilize the country.
The suffering people of Afghanistan no longer want terrorist groups to be allowed to target training centers, religious leaders, health care workers, human rights defenders and the judiciary! The people of Afghanistan believe that the US government should no longer overlook public opinion in Afghanistan, because people have no doubt that the Taliban really do not intend to make peace with the Afghan government as the representative of the nation.
The 19-year achievement belongs to all Afghans and will be equally beneficial to the Taliban. The people of Afghanistan also expect Taliban supporters to look beyond their own interests to real peace in the country so that a new Afghanistan does not pose any major threat to anyone in the region. Peaceful Afghanistan strengthens regional stability, trade, investment and jobs, and acts as a center of cooperation for the region.
Afghanistan can be a place for regional powers to work together instead of a battlefield, and it is a unique opportunity to become a platform on which world powers can find common ground. Peaceful cooperation in Afghanistan will have a significant impact on increasing cooperation in other parts of the world.
(Sahar News)

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