Comments on: Gains seen for Taliban as post-ISAF era looms in Afghanistan http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/01/25/afghanistan-strategic-depth-for-pakistan-or-taliban/ Straight from the Specialists Sun, 06 Mar 2016 13:25:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Anupam.Dutta http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/01/25/afghanistan-strategic-depth-for-pakistan-or-taliban/comment-page-1/#comment-460 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:12:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1430#comment-460 It’s been a decade since Operation Enduring Freedom and the fall of the Taliban. But the question is the so called “Freedom”, come at a cost that the afghan populace did not sign on for. Over the last three or four years, winning hearts and minds has been the soul operational goal of the ISAF. So now the question is have they been successful? With declaration of strategic withdrawal of the ISAF, the eyes of the world are back on this troubled country. The ousted Taliban from a fully fledged national army had been reduced to a guerrilla force, but they have made sure that there terror has remained intact and with the help of the Haqqani network and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-i Islami created an insurgency situation that the worlds so called strongest army has had a difficult time handling. Circa 2012 will mark the start of the struggle for control of the country, namely “Taliban Emirate vs. United Front”. At this point of time the boons and banes of any foreign power pondering on citing with sides will adversely affect the countries future. There a majorly two outcomes that I can foresee , the first being that the Opium trade has enough profits for the Taliban to exploit and conquer and ultimately mend its ties with a fellow Terrorist state, Pakistan. The second outcome is the so called International brotherhood pouring in enough international aid to make sure the Northern Frontier and the current democratic Islamic Republic of Afghanistan government remain in power and the country enters in new bilateral ties with not only India but also other democratic states and with the signing of the INDO – AGHAN strategic partnership agreement between the countries, maybe the later scenario is gaining some momentum.
(The views expressed in this comment are my own and do not represent those of Reuters or the Author)

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By: sankalprangi http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/01/25/afghanistan-strategic-depth-for-pakistan-or-taliban/comment-page-1/#comment-458 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 20:25:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1430#comment-458 Afghans have always been a difficult people to deal with. The dynamics which are at work in that country were a hard nut to crack for the Brits and the Russians in the 19th and the 20th century and now the Americans would also stand witness to this fact. They all started off by picking sides in the conflict ridden country and ended up fighting a war of attrition and every time the invading forces have been beaten to the ground. It may seem that the Americans are going home after a job they consider over and a war many would feel they won but only time with tell how long lasting this supposed victory is. This brings us to the issue of future of the fledgling government in Kabul. Taliban, which could be not be finished off by the most powerful army in the world, seems all set to play an important part in the politics of the country. The most likely scenario to me seems to be that of the Taliban coming to power again. But whoever controls Kabul will work very hard to make it absolutely clear that they are in charge and that take orders from neither the west nor the east.

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By: JoyChatterji http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/01/25/afghanistan-strategic-depth-for-pakistan-or-taliban/comment-page-1/#comment-457 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:27:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1430#comment-457 Historically, Afghanistan has been plundered too many times by powers trying to gain political and military leverage through the region. To ensure a stable Afghanistan government that may be able to resist the Taliban, the world should think about Afghanistan for Afghans and not Afghanistan for their own interests.

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By: garima.tuteja http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/01/25/afghanistan-strategic-depth-for-pakistan-or-taliban/comment-page-1/#comment-455 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:21:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1430#comment-455 In my view, being able to take advantage of the current scenario in Afghanistan and establish a strong foothold there is a tough but not unachievable task for India. India must try to be able to get in a close and cordial relationship with Afghanistan. This might make the situation between India and Pakistan more amiable and even if it doesn’t, we still add Afghanistan to the list of nations we are affable with.

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By: Pakinvincible http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/01/25/afghanistan-strategic-depth-for-pakistan-or-taliban/comment-page-1/#comment-454 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 01:06:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1430#comment-454 You forgot about the 800 Pound gorilla in the Room. Islam, Afghans are some of the most devoutely religious Muslims on the planet, and Pakistan is an Islamic state. Afghans view Bible Believing CHristians as heretics, Hindu Indians are viewed as sub human heretics, Not that I agree with any of this but this is the reality. Islamic brotherhood gives India 0 chance in Afghanistan, not to mention Racism. Afghans view Indians, are a different and sadly inferior race, Not that I agree with any of these either, and to compare an Afghan to an Indian it’s clear they are a different race, while Afghans enjoy simalarities with tens of Millions of Pakistani’s. If USA cannot win in Afghanistan, India has no chance in hell.

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