April 20, 2019

Karzai names areas to be handed back to Afghanistan forces

We want the NATO forces out of these areas, but not too far away if you know what I mean.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has named seven areas of the country which will come under Afghan forces control from July 2011.

President Karzai says the provinces of Kabul, Panjshir and Bamiyan will go over to Afghan control as well as the cities of Herat, Lashkar Gah and Mazar-e Sharif. Also the townn of Mehterlam.

NATO forces will cease operations in these provinces and cities and apart from training roles will not be involved in combat operations.

With foreign tropps scheduled to end combat operations in Afghanistan by 2014, this move by President Karzai’s government is seen as a crucial step in proving that the Afghan army can keep the Taliban at bay.

“The people of Afghanistan don’t want that foreigners taking responsibility for security any more,” President Karzai said.

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed the announcement by President Karzai saying “This represents the next stage of Afghanistan’s journey, not the destination.” That is very deep for a NATO chief.

President Karzai was also in a deep reflective mood with his “Afghanistan has been burning for 32 years.” comment.

He said that the war against terror should not be fought in Afghanistan’s villages but should be taken to the havens and sanctuaries of the insurgents. That is right Hamid, why should the people have all the fun of interacting with NATO and Afghan forces when the insurgents might be missing out on a special bond (or was that bombed?).

The areas for Afghan control in July 2011.