The elections are not over yet, as they are still contested, but the thing is that regardless of what the outcome of the elections is going to be, Afghanistan is heading towards a civil war, or rather has already entered the stage, says Abdulkader Sinno, Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University in his interview with radio VR.
US President Barack Obama has announced plans to withdraw the last American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. The announcement comes before his Wednesday visit to the US Military Academy at West Point, where he is due to address his Afghan withdrawal plan as part of a larger speech on foreign policy. Christoph Zuercher, Professor of Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, expressed his opinion on President Obama's plan and how it will affect the security situation in Afghanistan during his interview with VR.
President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday welcomed US plans to pull all troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016, and called on Taliban insurgents to seize the opportunity to seek peace, AFP reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama will announce plans on Tuesday to seek to leave 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after the formal troop drawdown at the end of this year, a senior administration official said. Obama's decision is largely in line with what military commanders have been seeking and would allow the president to fully end the American-led military effort by the time he leaves office. The two-year plan is contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with America. While outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has declined to sign the agreement, US officials are confident that either of the candidates seeking to replace him would give the approval needed.
The 3rd conference on international security is held in Moscow on Friday. The forum is attended by Defense ministers or Deputy Ministers from the member-countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as well as a number of Middle Eastern, European, and Asian countries. Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has shared the Russian Ministry's stance on the most significant securuty issues that are worrying the international community these days.
The US authorities do not rule out that the number of US troops in Afghanistan may be limited to 10,000 people. This is what some representatives of the US administration, who are following the discussion of this issue, announced on April 21.
Americans came to Kyrgyzstan to fight terrorism, but the standoff against this global evil lead to horrible results. Local residents will remember the NATO aviation base located on the territory of Kyrgyzstan for a long time due to the irreparable environmental damage, violence towards the local women, the killing of a Kyrgyz citizen and all that went unpunished. Below is the chronology of the American crimes described by Bakyt Aman, VR’s Kyrgyzstani correspondent.
Oleksandr Turchynov, the Verkhovna Rada Speaker and acting president of Ukraine, appointed by Verkhovna Rada signed a decree on the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the Crimea and Sevastopol. Meanwhile, in Crimea a temporary working committee was formed in order to address the issue of returning to the republic from the territory of Ukraine military personnel and prisoners.
The United States seems to have agreed a deal with the Afghan government that will result in leaving an unidentified number of troops behind after the end of 2014, media say.
The US has started the withdrawal of equipment and machinery from its air base located at the Bishkek airport Manas. This came today as a statement by commander-in-chief of the base, John Millard.
Currently, when a critical time is approaching as the coalition troops are leaving Afghanistan, many observers expect a burst of activity of different radical groups in Afghanistan as well as those basing on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Voice of Russia talked to Erlan Karin,a political scientist and Chairman of the Council Board of the Center for Security Programs from Kazakhstan, about the possibility of spreading of the terrorist threat across Central Asia.
Washington will attempt to resume talks with the Taliban on exchanging US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, held captive by insurgents since 2009 for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, in a bid to free US Army Sergeant before the majority of US forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
In February 2014, Russians mark 25 years since the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. 25 years ago, the Soviet Union pulled out all units of its limited contingent of armed forces from Afghanistan in compliance with the Geneva Accords. On February 15th, the last column of Soviet servicemen crossed the Friendship Bridge over Amu Darya River in the city of Termez, which marks the border.
The US director of national intelligence has said Tuesday he does not expect Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States.
The Hamas rulers of Gaza have withdrawn a special security force tasked with preventing rocket launches at Israel from their position near the border, a security source said on Sunday. "The field forces that are posted near the border with Israel were withdrawn yesterday evening to protest the latest escalation and Israeli attacks against Gaza," a security source told AFP.
Poland to speed up troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, to cut contingent to 500 soldiers - Defense Minister
Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in his book of memoirs slated for release on January 14, has harsh words for Obama’s handling of the Afghan campaign. The 70-year-old ex-Pentagon chief accuses Obama of lacking faith in his own troop-surge plan for Afghanistan that he ordered in late 2009.
A new report on the war in Afghanistan suggests that any gains made by the US and allies will be lost by 2017 as the Taliban and other groups become increasingly influential in the war-torn country even if Washington leaves behind a few thousand troops and continues bankrolling the impoverished nation.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday appeared to give Afghan President Hamid Karzai extra time to sign a delayed bilateral security deal, saying the pact did not have to be concluded by January. And while he said it must be signed as soon as possible, he raised the option for the first time that the deal governing the presence of US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 could even by inked by Karzai's successor, who will be chosen in April elections.