Poor Choice in Arming the Afghans, and Its Repercussions

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  1. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Poor Choice in Arming the Afghans, and Its Repercussions

    http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010...-in-arming-the-afghans-and-its-repercussions/
     
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    and this same people are going to fight against Taliban trained/funded/armed by moder lates weapon. god help them and Afghanistan
     
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    The problem is that at this stage of confusion, it is simply not safe to arm common Afghans, some of whom are still torn between religious fanaticism and over-conservative tribal mentality, and modern and liberal practical views of the world and their own nation. In such a chaotic situation, many of the more narrow minded Afghans might even leave the Afghan national armed forces and join Taliban, taking the NATO supplied arms to them. With covert backers of finance from world over, I don't think it is difficult for Taliban to use them in black market or even get copies of their own.

    At this time, NATO should continue training Afghan forces with the common AK series of weapons and only once they show perfect commitment which is at the end of war around 2014, they should be trained and given modern firearms. The US/NATO has to understand that everything that they've done in Europe and South Americas is not applicable in Asian terrain. It was because of this that they had so terrible losses in Vietnam, who were masters of forest warfare and guerilla tactics. Taliban are using same tactics only this time in mountains.

    American troops have the same inert weakness of not being capable of fighting too well in mountainous or deep forest terrains similar to former USSR soldiers. The only lethal teams of US military that can fight in such conditions are the SEALs and Rangers. But their conventional army isn't so well prepared to fight in such unforgiving terrains that Asia has to offer.

    Combat aside, they have to consider the advices of local players who're more familiar with such warfare for decades; mainly Russia and India. Prior reluctance has already cost them 1,500 soldiers. Rather than batting for a Pakistan that has already jumped camps with China, US must consider change of tactics.
     

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