Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Blames ‘Hasty’ U.S. Troop Withdrawal for Worsening Violence

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Aug. 2 has blamed the “hasty” withdrawal of United States troops for the worsening violence in his country.

Ghani told the parliament at the Darul Aman Palace that “an imported, hasty” peace process “not only failed to bring peace but created doubt and ambiguity” among Afghans.

“The reason for our current situation is that the decision was taken abruptly,” Ghani further told the parliament, adding that he had warned the U.S. that the withdrawal of its troops would have “consequences.”

“The Taliban do not believe in lasting or just peace,” Ghani also said.

Ghani said that his administration would now focus on protecting major provincial cities and urban areas as the Taliban continues to make rapid territorial gains amid the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Taliban militants have been ramping up efforts to seize the cities of Kandahar, Herat, and Lashkar Gah. Last July 31, they launched rockets at airports in Kandahar and Herat.

Ghani urged the parliament to support a national mobilization drive against the Taliban and predicted that the security situation would be “under control within six months,” without elaborating further.

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