KABUL: Afghan National Security Adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, has said that Afghanistan would have preferred if US troops stayed for a few more years so the Afghan security forces would get complete self-dependence.
During an interview with CBS News on Monday, Mohib said that Afghanistan would have liked the US pullout at the time “when our air force would have all the capabilities that we needed and then everything else would be in line for us to take over completely.”
“We’re as prepared as we can be,” Mohib said, stressing that “The circumstances are not perfect. It probably would not ever be perfect, but what we do is make the best of what we have and defend ourselves.”
Mohib also did not rule out the potential of possible civil discord in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign forces.
“My concern is people will panic,” he said, noting that non-government, non-military groups have already said they are prepared support the Afghan security forces in fight against the Taliban.
“The Taliban have many adversaries in Afghanistan, and I believe they underestimate how despised they are by the Afghan people,” he stated.
This is while on May 1, the US and other international soldiers began the final phase of their departure from Afghanistan. The foreign forces’ withdrawal is expected to complete by September 11.