Afghanistan: German Peacekeepers May Leave if US War with Iraq Erupts
German Defense Minister Peter Struck told reporters Friday that civilians and German peacekeeping troops serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) might evacuate Afghanistan should a US-led war with Iraq erupt. A German government report warned that Western security and aid groups will face increasing hostilities from Afghan forces harboring anti-Western sentiments that will be amplified by the war with Iraq, according to the Associated Press. “The presence of the [Afghan] government’s sizeable military potentials, drawn mainly from the Northern Alliance (about 10,000 men), pose an underlying security risk,” the report stated. Earlier this month, Germany and Netherlands, assumed leadership of the 22-nation, 4,800-member ISAF.
Meanwhile, US officials insist that aid operations in Afghanistan will not suffer on account of war with Iraq. “The United States is capable of doing more than one thing at a time,” explained Zalmay Khalilzad, special envoy to Afghanistan for President Bush, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Still, critics like UN special representative and former foreign minister of Algeria Lakhdar Brahimi argue, “There are only 24 hours in a day…If you are forced to spend 20 hours on Iraq, then clearly you are not going to have much time on anything else, however much you would like to,” reported the New York Times.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .