A NATO helicopter crashed Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, but no crew members were seriously injured, officials said.Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the helicopter was shot down by the group’s fighters in the Tagab district of Kapisa province. But a spokesman for U.S.-led forces in the country said the cause of the crash is still being investigated. ”Both members of the helicopter crew were recovered from the crash and neither was seriously injured,” U.S. Army Maj. Adam Wojack said. “We do not yet have definitive information on whether or not enemy activity was present in the area at the time of the crash.” In an earlier statement, the International Security Assistance Force, as the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is known, said the site of the crash had been secured. It did not provide a location or other details.
War in Afghanistan: Is it more crisis dimplocy, damage control or war..?
After 19 months in Afghanistan, Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of American and coalition forces here, is leaving a war that has become as much about damage control and crisis diplomacy as fighting the Taliban. Dispatched to begin winding down combat operations, General Allen spent much of his final year here contending with a series of disasters that he now refers to as meteor strikes: a video of Marines urinatingon Taliban corpses, the accidentalburning of Korans by American soldiers, civilian deaths in coalition airstrikes, and the massacre of 16 civilians by an American soldier.Then there was a surge in violence against coalition service members by Afghan soldiers and police officers, known as insider attacks, that by late summer had jeopardized the effort to train Afghan forces to be able to fight on their own. At the least, it added urgency to a troop withdrawal that was already being accelerated ahead of the 2014 deadline.But of all the challenges faced by General Allen, who on Sunday will hand his command to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and leave Afghanistan, one remains as central today as it was when he landed in Kabul: keeping President Hamid Karzai’s distrust of the United States in check, and keeping the Obama administration committed to an ally who has tested the limits of its patience.“It can be really tough,” General Allen acknowledged in an interview this week.
Does the war in Afghanistan gave a new meaning to “Pax Americana..?” Or NATO has to redefine its war dogma..? But, the post-war situation is still the most important issue…
War in Afghanistan: 2014 and the Countdown to Defeat – Opposing Views
The euphemisms will come fast and furious. Our soldiers will be greeted as “heroes” who, as in Iraq, left with their “heads held high,” and if in 2014 or 2015 or even 2019, the last of them, as also in Iraq, slip away in the dark of night after lying to their Afghan “allies” about their plans, few here will notice. This will be the nature of the great Afghan drawdown. The words “retreat,” “loss,” “defeat,” “disaster,” and their siblings and cousins won’t be allowed on the premises. But make no mistake, the country that, only years ago, liked to call itself the globe’s “sole superpower” or even “hyperpower,” whose leaders dreamed of a Pax Americana across the Greater Middle East, if not the rest of the globe is… not to put too fine a point on it, packing its bags, throwing in the towel, quietly admitting — in actions, if not in words — to mission unaccomplished, and heading if not exactly home, at least boot by boot off the Eurasian landmass. Washington has, in a word, had enough. Too much, in fact. It’s lost its appetite for invasions and occupations of Eurasia, though special operations raids, drone wars, and cyberwars still look deceptively cheap and easy as a means to control… well, whatever. As a result, the Afghan drawdown of 2013-2014, that implicit acknowledgement of yet another lost war, should set the curtain falling on the American Century as we’ve known it. It should be recognized as a landmark, the moment in history when the sun truly began to set on a great empire. Here in the United States, though, one thing is just about guaranteed: not many are going to be paying the slightest attention.
This is an open question:
President Karzai on his part offers a hopehul view for his country after NATO troops leave his country… On the other hand is this a true and viable option or possibility for the Afghanistan and the West..?
Situation in Afghanistan will improve after NATO pullout in 2014 …
The situation in Afghanistan will improve after the NATO troops and those of its allies pull out of the country in late 2014, said Afghan President Hamid Karzai in an interview with the British daily The Guardian. The Afghan leader feels that many Afghans that have supported the opposition, since they dislike the presence of foreign troops in the country, will then lay down arms. Nevertheless, Karzai feels that the United States should retain a small force in Afghanistan to help out the local security forces and shore up the government in Kabul. Hamid Karzai has arrived in the UK for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and Pakistani President Ali Zardari. The three leaders held a meeting late on Sunday night.
Finally, it is unclear how is the U.S. going to react if regional instability is the main geopolitical element for the U.S. interests after the NATO troops departure from Afghanistan…