A row of Afghan Army soldiers attend a security transition ceremony

Afghans must provide for their own security.

Afghanistan: Facing the Future

July 2012, Number 03.03

“The typical bustle of a spring afternoon ended abruptly when explosions ripped through the air and the sounds of automatic weapons fire echoed through the streets and bazaars of central Kabul. After six months of relative peace in Afghanistan’s capital city, insurgents had returned with their trademark brand of death and destruction. A few years ago, attacks were frequent and NATO troops did most of the fighting, but this time things were different. Afghan security forces successfully turned back an enemy offensive with minimal casualties and very little support from international troops, and according to The Economist, “News footage of brave, bloodied Afghan commandos caused a swell of national pride in a country unused to government heroes.”

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks of April 15, 2012, on Afghan government buildings, Western embassies, and International Security Forces (ISAF) bases in Kabul and three regional capitals...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Afghanistan: Facing the Future,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 3, 2012: 16-21.

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