Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Trouble Lies Ahead For Nato In Afghanistan.

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have recently come under strain because of difference in tackling 'cross-border' terrorism. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are set to meet in Kabul to discuss the situation of the Taliban militancy; which has seen a vast reawakening in recent months as Nato forces come under constant attack. Fighting in Afghanistan has not been this intense since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, yesterday alone Nato claimed the lives of over 200 Taliban fighters: 20 Nato soldiers have also been killed.

Meanwhile two international renowned institutes (International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Senlis Council) have published reports which highlight the failures of the coalition's policy in Afghanistan. They claim that the intervention has caused mass homelessness, misery, starvation and increasing lawlessness; providing an ever more attractive refuge for international terrorist organisations.

"The counter-narcotics policy and eradication of the poppy crop have caused tensions between local people, the government and the [Nato] coalition. The removal of the farmers' livelihood programme runs counter to winning 'hearts and minds'

Many of these farmers are now suffering appalling conditions inside ill-equipped refugee camps along side the thousands who have been forced to leave there homes because of the ongoing fighting and a drought which is blighting the area. Naturally many feel dispossessed and angry at western intervention; a fact that the Taliban are readily exploiting. Afghanistan as well as Iraq have now become the main recruiting grounds for international terrorist organisations despite increased western intervention and occupation.

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