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Peace Through Intensified Military Operations: Is It Possible? PDF Print E-mail
Feroz Bashari | Department of Strategic Communications   
Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:05

It is believed that there has been less attention to defeat the Taliban over the past decade.  Analysts believe that the international coalition did not do enough to defeat the Taliban militarily since the U.S. operations began in late 2001 and ended in December 2014. 
Military analysts believe that every war ends with peace, but it is important that one side of the conflict believed to be legitimate, changes the balance of the war.  It is believed that war will continue if it does not get intensified.


Before the end of U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, reports by media indicate that U.S. and Afghan forces have exerted less pressure on the Taliban in the battlefields.  Due to this deficiency in the war strategy, the Taliban were not defeated and were hopeful to gain control of major cities in Afghanistan.  The Taliban lived with this false hope to return to power and once again isolate this country with their devastating and dark ideology.


It is believed that sufficient pressure on the Taliban on battlefields will make them weak enough to either surrender or say “yes” to peace talks.  Without enough military pressure, the Taliban will not become ready for peace. 
Recently, as reported by Afghan media, General Nicholson has said that the NATO/RS will increase its offensive operations against the Taliban to weaken them to eventually accept peace.  Reportedly, he believes that exerting enough pressure on the Taliban will make them weak in the battlefield.  The new U.S. military policy is giving enough authorities to General Nicholson and his commanders to support Afghan National Defense and Security Forces during offensive operations in Afghanistan. 
Afghans urge ANDSF to go after Taliban wherever they are in Afghanistan and target them.  This is the only way to make them accept peace and stop violence in Afghanistan.


It is clear that the Afghan Government will not make peace with the terrorists and is determined to fight them with support from the international community since terrorism is not an Afghan problem; it is an international problem and should be tackled with an international vision and action.
Afghans believe that with the new authorities given to General Nicholson to fight the Taliban and help Afghan forces to intensify combat operations across the country and target the Taliban and other terrorist groups, the shape of the war will change and the Taliban will have to lay down arms and join the peace process.  Exerting enough pressure on the Taliban in the battlefield will make them accept peace and stop violence.


Afghans want peace in the country and urge the ANDSF and U.S. to work together and press the Taliban hideouts and make them accept peace and stop violence in the country.  The Afghan Government has repeatedly called on the Taliban to accept peace and deny war, but the Taliban have not responded positively to the legitimate request of the Afghan Government.  Taliban and other terrorist groups still enjoy support and safe harbor in Pakistan.  The international community has now understood where the root of the problem is and will soon come up with an international consensus to dry up the roots of the terrorists and the Taliban.


Violence prevents Afghanistan growth and development and cost the lives of thousands of civilians including women and children on a monthly basis.  War brings devastation while peace brings welfare and prosperity.  It is believed that the new U.S. military policy to support Afghan forces will weaken the Taliban and will produce desired results in the future.  One of the ways to end this war is to intensify military operations against the Taliban and terrorist groups and make them weak enough to accept peace. 
Experts also believe that creation of employments, fighting corruption, good governance, bridging the gap between the public and the Government, bringing reforms in the government specially in the judicial system, focusing on development and welfare projects, paving the way for a volunteer repatriation of Afghan refugee and the rule of law, are the other major ways that can help to weaken the Taliban and badly affects their recruitment process. 

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