Former Insurgents Choose Peace
“The Afghan government’s peace and reintegration program has persuaded thousands of low-level Taliban fighters to renounce the insurgency that has plagued Afghan society for years. Former militants have tossed aside grenade launchers and rifles and made the courageous choice to reintegrate into their communities and return to their families with the hope of reshaping Afghanistan for the better. As security improves and areas stabilize, more rebels are expected to defect. Although reconciliation remains a slow process fraught with roadblocks, the Afghan government is being urged to reconsider engaging the Taliban leadership with the prospect of a settlement that would end a decade of warfare. Considering Afghan security forces’ battlefield victories over the Taliban, with backing from its partners in the International Security Assistance Force, and the increasing momentum of the reintegration program, the conditions for reconciliation are ripe.
The Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP) has enrolled nearly 3,000 former fighters and aims to integrate them peacefully back into Afghan society after they renounce violence, cut ties with extremists and agree to abide by the Afghan Constitution. “I cannot pull the trigger anymore. I am just tired of it,” a former fighter told The New York Times...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Former Insurgents Choose Peace,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 2, 2012: 38-39.
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