In the week between Afghanistan and the United States and in general there was a real skirmish. And skirmish at the highest level. Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced in a rather harsh manner that the American side was moving away from fulfilling its obligations. According to him, the Americans stopped supplying fuel to several units of the Afghan police and army. This led to the fact that non-fuel units were unable to take part in several counter-terrorism operations, and this in turn provoked the promotion of representatives of the Taliban in one of the country's provinces. This information was received by the President of Afghanistan from the Minister of Defense and the head of the Interior Ministry of the country, who also announced to the representatives of the United States that their actions were not in line with the previously signed agreements.
Karzai and his ministers were answered by representatives of the US State Department and NATO officials. According to them, all the obligations of the United States separately, and NATO as a whole, are fulfilled in full, and that all the necessary fuel supplies were made on time. At the same time, Karzai was advised to "delve deeper" into the situation in order to clarify where the fuel allocated for the needs of Afghanistan had gone ... In general, Karzai was unequivocally hinted that he was sitting in his residence and did not catch mice at all, but it was necessary to catch something ...
Naturally, without a full-fledged investigation, it is impossible to establish whether the Americans were not supplying fuel to Afghanistan, or whether their Afghan comrades simply “didn’t get there”. However, this is not so important. It is important that Afghanistan and the United States begin to talk to each other in a raised voice. What is the reason for such shouting?
The reason is Karzai’s refusal to sign a bilateral security agreement. Karzai requires the United States to fulfill several important points of agreement: in the first place, Karzai says it is necessary to provide the Afghan judicial system to decide the fate of foreign (American, for example) criminals (military, including) if they committed their crimes on the territory of Afghanistan, and secondly, Karzai against the large-scale withdrawal of American troops scheduled for next year.
The fact that the president of Afghanistan wants to add political weight to the possibility of judging American war criminals, on the one hand, and the possibility of these criminals actually covering their uh ... rear, on the other, is obvious.
Speech about the American war criminals went even after a few days ago after a blow struck from the board of an American drone, a baby died and two women were injured. UAV hit the residential building. Karzai then demanded an apology personally from President Obama. Instead of Obama, the American general apologized, and in a recognizable style: excuse me, but it happens ... After the Pentagon’s representative, Susan Rice delivered her speech about Karzai’s requests for an apology from Obama (national security adviser). Rice unexpectedly stated that the United States shouldn’t apologize to Afghanistan at all, as they themselves are suffering in an attempt to help Afghanistan achieve democratic progress in the fight against extremists from Al-Qaeda ... But for some reason, Mrs. Counselor doesn’t talk about in general, the United States asked for help in Afghanistan ... Did they ask? ..
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To be honest, even if the impossible is allowed, the fact that Karzai will be given the opportunity to judge the US military who committed crimes in Afghanistan - who in this case (the case of an attack on a residential building) would be put on the dock? UAV operator from the US? Ought to be! But, as they say, who will give them ...
It should be noted that Karzai accuses the United States of pressure on Kabul. This pressure, in his opinion, is due to the fact that the Afghan side does not want to sign the above-mentioned agreement in the “American form”.
One thing is clear: the less time there will be before the large-scale withdrawal of “allied” troops from the territory of Afghanistan, the more the situation will get hot (and, perhaps, not only here). And heat up both militarily and politically.
Experts in Russia also speak about the complicated situation in Afghanistan. One of them is the special envoy of the Russian president for Afghanistan (former Russian ambassador to that country), director of the 2 Department of Asia in the Russian Foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov. According to his analysis, in the northern and northeastern parts of the Islamic Republic, centers of obvious extremist activity were formed. One of the foci is located in the province (wilayate) of Badghis - in close proximity to the border with Turkmenistan. The other - covers at once two provinces - Kunduz and Badakhsh, it is on the border with Tajikistan.
Kabulov notes that the militants turn the territorial sites in the mentioned provinces into real bridgeheads for - quote: "work in Central Asia". What kind of "work" are we talking about? - obviously - about “gifts” by the same to Tajikistan or Turkmenistan in the form of export of “democracy”. In which direction the “democratic” traffic can go further is also quite understandable.
That is why today, at the CSTO level, active work continues on the implementation of assistance to border detachments, for example, Tajikistan. Will the Tajik border guards themselves be able to hold out for a long time in the event of a clear provocation from Afghanistan? - that is unlikely. Especially if you consider that in the territory of the same Tajikistan there are people interested in destabilizing the situation in the republic.
CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha (for "Voice of Russia"):
I do not think that a catastrophe will happen in 2014, that the level of security will change a lot, however, we understand that there will be more stability than it is now and will not. And in this regard, of course, the situation in Afghanistan will affect the CSTO member states. On this basis, many preventive decisions at the level of heads of state have already been taken, and one of them is to assist Tajikistan in strengthening the protection of the state border with Afghanistan. This is one of those measures that are already developed and implemented in accordance with the instructions of the heads of state.
In other words, the head of the CSTO sees, as a development of the situation, at best, immutability (in terms of stability), at worst - its deterioration. And so that the deterioration does not happen, they are preparing for the announced withdrawal of the ISAF contingent from the territory of Afghanistan. We will hope that such training will be effective.