The Shocking Farah Assault
The well-coordinated assault by Taliban militants in Farah province highlighted the deteriorating situation of security once more and the fact that there is long way ahead for the country to overcome insurgency. According to news reports, more than 50 people, including civilians, security forces and the attackers were killed in the attack on the courthouse that lasted for nine hours. Farah assault is the latest of a series of attacks targeting government buildings in the big cities and the deadliest coordinated attack by the Taliban militants since two years ago. According to officials, the attackers wanted to free prisoners of the group that were being tried in court. Farah assault was profoundly shocking as it claimed lives of more than thirty innocent civilians who were in caught in the middle of clashes between the attackers and security forces.
In recent months, there have been a series of attacks on government buildings, security installations and government officials in Kabul and other cities across the country. In recent months two years, the Taliban have intensified their attacks on major cities, particularly the capital –Kabul. It seems that the militant groups have developed a strategy of such deadly and spectacular attacks on major cities. The Taliban have well recognized the fact such attacks would work efficiently to advance their propaganda campaign against the government of Afghanistan.
This incident highlighted the security situation in the country and the prospect of the Afghanistan’s future, as the US-led NATO forces are withdrawing from the country ending the unpopular war. It also indicates that the security forces of Afghanistan would face resurgence of Taliban fighters and the insurgency would continue in Afghanistan after NATO forces withdraw from the country by end of 2014.
The withdrawal of foreign troops is taking place at a time when the security is deteriorating and the peace negotiations with the militant groups are in stalemate. The United States and Afghan government is making every effort to reach a peace deal with the Taliban before the US leaves the country by end of 2014. But, as seen in recent weeks, the peace efforts are facing serious obstacles from disagreements between Kabul and Islamabad to Taliban’s stance, unwilling to negotiation directly with the government of Afghanistan.
On the other hand, the security challenges continue as the US and Afghan officials are negotiating on a bilateral security pact which will pave the way for presence of residual forces of the United States in post-2014 Afghanistan. The security condition of the country and the uncertain process of peace talks with the Taliban highlight the need for reaching a security agreement with the US that allows presence of thousands of NATO troops in Afghanistan after the international coalition pulls out the bulk of its troops from Afghanistan.