Jun 1 (APP): In an interview to Spiegel, a German magazine, the outgoing ISAF
Commander Mc Neill confessed having inadequate trained force to effectively
counter terrorism in Afghanistan.
only 47,000 soldiers instead of a required strength of 400,000 with a shortfall
of 260,000 men.
practically running on reserve, as very few units can be used in combat
neighboring countries want peace in the region, manning a volatile country with
only 47,000 NATO troops and practically no well trained Afghan Army, the mission
to bring peace to the region seems an uphill task.
Government has been criticized for lack of wholesome approach and long-term
policy for the region, along with US media blaming Pakistan peace talks with
militants to be responsible for increased violence in Afghanistan.
Commander with all his experience in the region, admitting huge gap of trained
men required to stabilize Afghanistan and counter terrorism in the region, a
wholesome strategy to meet the demands for more trained troops is vital for any
counterterrorism approach to work, for it may as well be the most significant
reason of failing GWOT policy in the region, say security experts.