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Afghan situation after 2014 remains challenging

(People's Daily Online)

16:30, September 03, 2012

Kabul, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- "I'm a tailor. I've owned this tailor shop for eight years," said Sayed Jalal, who moved his small shop from Peshawar, Pakistan to Kabul eight years ago. "This was initially a small shop, but year after year, my business gets better. Now I own two other shops and have several workers working for me. The business is very good nowadays."

Although the business is good, this shop-owner still feels concerned about his future. When asked about his prospect for post- 2014, he said, "I am a little worried about the future as the U.S. and NATO forces are getting ready to withdraw from Afghanistan. I am not optimistic and like many Afghans."

"I am concerned that there might be another civil war after the pull out of the foreign forces at the end of 2014," explained Sayed. "We are afraid maybe Taliban would make a comeback and we would lose all progresses that were gained over the past 10 or 12 years."

Sayed is not the only one that shares this concern. Amrullah Aman, a retired Afghan National Army general and a defense expert, told Xinhua, "If the world community once again leaves Afghanistan at lurch, it would plunge into chaos and thus all the progress we had made over the past 10 years would end in fiasco and the country will once again become the terrorists sanctuary which eventually threats the security of U.S. and the world."

According to Aman, Afghan security forces haven't been ready in terms of equipment and capabilities. After coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban insurgents would grow more active, worsening the currently fragile security situation.

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