A Combat Logistic Patrol heads back to Camp Bastion for the last time ready for withdrawal (photo: dpa)

Progress in Afghanistan hinges on continued Western engagement

Nato's withdrawal from Afghanistan is likely to have far-reaching implications for Central and South Asia. Total withdrawal of troops could be devastating for regional security and jeopardise the safety of western nations. Crucial in shaping the region’s future security are decisions made over the US’s long-term military and economic commitment to Afghanistan. A consultative assembly of Afghans is taking place in Kabul on November 18 – 21, 2013, which will determine whether or not the US and its Nato partners will leave troops in Afghanistan post 2014.

<i>The future stability of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the broader Central Asia region is tied directly to the US military and ec...

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 Lisa Curtis
An absence of international troops in Afghanistan post-2014 would leave the door open for Haqqani militants to re-establish their bases in eastern Afghanistan and for the IMU to gain a foothold in northern Afghanistan, said Fred Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute
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