Taliban Can Return Through Reconciliation: Faizi
KABUL – The Afghan government on Tuesday rejected a new American intelligence assessment, saying it would never allow the Taliban’s imposed from abroad. President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman AimalFaizi described as unsubstantiated claims the analysis of the country’s situation by US or other intelligence services.
A new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017, even if Washington leaves behind a few thousand troops.
Afghanistan would slide into chaos if the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) on America’s military presence there beyond 2014 remained elusive, the report said, calling the pact essential for continued international aid. The National Intelligence Estimate — containing input from America’s 16 spy agencies — warns the Taliban will gain increasing strength as the United States winds down its longest war in history.
Citing an unnamed official familiar with the gloomy assessment, The Washington Post said: “In the absence of a continuing presence and continuing financial support, the situation would deteriorate very rapidly.” But Faizi told Pajhwok Afghan News similar assessments regarding Afghanistan’s future had proved incorrect in the past. “Even if we consider it true, the presence of American military bases will not prevent chaos in Afghanistan…”
He made clear Afghanistan would never accept plots to give some parts of the country to the Taliban. The Taliban could return home by joining the reconciliation process, he maintained. Political analyst Gen. Abdul Wahid Taqat also viewed the assessments of US and other intelligence networks about Afghanistan as propaganda.
He said such moves were aimed at ensuring a long-term foreign military presence in the country. “At any cost, the US wants to stay put in Afghanistan and will never exercise the zero option whether or not the security deal is inked.” (PAN)