Several months after the creation of a $160 million internationally-funded “trust fund” for the Afghanistan Peace and Reconciliation Program, the Karzai government is near putting that plan into action.
Following the upcoming peace jirga in Kabul, the government’s draft plan insists, low and mid-level insurgents will be courted with promises of jobs and vocational training.
The idea behind this plan is that with sufficient funding the rank and file members of the various insurgent groups would be convinced to abandon the fight and cut off support for the high ranking leadership.
Several have expressed concerns, however, that the plan will accomplish little except provide small sums of money to people who will be no more loyal to the Afghan government and no more disloyal to the Taliban than they were to begin with.
The US military, meanwhile, is putting its latest war plan to its paces, and is said to be finding it seriously wanting. The latest in several official strategy changes over the last few years, the McChrystal Plan is already straining under the weight of enormous expectations, and leaving growing doubt about its wisdom.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Cluster Bomb Attack Against East Syrian Village Kills at Least 30 Civilians - June 28th, 2017
- Russia: Trump and Putin Probably Should Talk During Hamburg Summit - June 28th, 2017
- US Special Forces Deployed to Kurdish City on Turkish Border - June 28th, 2017
- ISIS Looks to Expand Presence in Northern Afghanistan - June 28th, 2017
- South Korea Leader Reverses Stance, Now Backs Trump Against North Korea - June 28th, 2017