Posted on 10/02/2017 by matisak
US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson was talking about stalemate in Afghanistan, about the need for few thousands more troops. There are still more than 13 000 NATO soldiers, including 8 400 US troops, deployed to Afghanistan. Mainly in the framework of training mission Resolute Support.
General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int
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Posted on 28/12/2014 by matisak
The U.S.-NATO led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission. The West have spent 13 years in Afghanistan and the military operation continues, in different format though. We are hardly witnessing celebratory fanfares from politicians about the achieved victory. But would you say we have learned any lesson? Is it something the West should base its next presence in Afghanistan and what should we reject and maybe completely forget about?
Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak
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Posted on 08/07/2014 by matisak
According to preliminary results Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani won the election with 56.44 percent of the vote. But his rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the results.
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Posted on 10/07/2013 by matisak
After it was announced that Slovak soldier was killed in Afghanistan Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak said that Slovakia wanna stay in Afg and will stay also after 2014. But on the other hand NY Times reports the U.S. considers faster pullout in Afghanistan perhaps even zero option after 2014. It is still a speculation, but what would be your prediction on post 2014 operation of NATO in Afg and what kind of debate between allies do you expect on this? Read few comments.
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Posted on 25/06/2013 by matisak
The terrorist group(s) who is responsible for the attack said that it was a response on American drone strikes and they will continue attacking foreigners because also the world is responsible for the drone attacks. How does this explanation resonate with Pakistani public as drone attacks are deeply unpopular? Read few comments.
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Posted on 18/06/2013 by matisak
1. The NATO led International coalition hands over responsibility to the Afghan national army and police. The transition sounds as a major milestone, but how would you asses the ability of Afghan forces to do their job? 2. Also U.S., Afghans, Taliban peace talks may begin. What it means in your opinion? Read few comments by Jorrit Kamminga, Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute for International Relations Clingendael. Update: also comments by Patrick Bury, military and security analyst.
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Posted on 31/08/2012 by matisak
Admiral James Stavridis, Nato’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe says: Recent attacks conducted from within the Nato-Afghan security partnership are certainly troubling. That is why we are taking concrete action to ensure we reduce the potential for these incidents in the future.
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