Following the bloody attacks of Kandahar and Herat provinces, the Resolute Support Mission has begun to launch new plans to protect their troops, one of which is scaling back direct contact with Afghan forces.
The Washington Post writes in a recent report that following the death of General Abdul Raziq, there was a sense of bewilderment among American forces but after the Shindand airbase incident in Herat province where a Taliban infiltrated Afghan commando member killed a foreign soldier of Czech Republic and wounded two others, that panic and fear has increased multi-fold.
Spokesperson of Resolute Support Mission has said in a statement that it will continue to help Afghan forces via phone and email and at the time of extreme need, Afghan officials will be called to their centers because foreign forces are barred from meetings inside Afghan military bases.
Doubts have now increased about the mission of foreign forces in Afghanistan. They claim that they have placed their forces to train, advise and assist Afghan forces, so will they be training Afghanistan forces via email from now onward?
This decision by Resolute Support Mission can affect the joint operations of foreigners and Afghan forces since direct links plays a vital role in war zone and in its absence, aerial support for Afghan forces is almost impossible. Moreover creating a wedge on such a high level between Afghan and foreigner forces itself should raise alarm bells for the Kabul regime and is a great achievement for Taliban.
Prior to this, precautionary measures taken by the foreign forces were that they would take away the weapons of Afghan troops at the entrance of every joint military center in order to prevent insider attacks of Muajhideen however such measures have failed in its stated goal, the latest examples of which is the insider attacks in Kandahar and Herat.
Meetings by senior American officials with Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha, the release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Pakistan and the reported departure of 100 American troops under the name of ‘break’ are signs pointing towards the exhaustion of America from Afghan war.