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Georgian peacekeepers to teach Afghans how to war2010-11-23 12:58
With North Atlantic Alliance deciding to pull out from Afghanistan Sakartvelo's leader Mikheil Saakasvhili, on the contrary, is ready to increase the numerous contingent of Georgian peacekeepers in the Islamic republic on a clear pretext: all things are good to please NATO. This time Kabul and Kandahar will greet expert instructors, not ordinary soldiers, tasked to train their Afghan colleagues how to make war.
US instructors training peacekeepers before their trip to the desert seem to have been here just recently. However, their lessons didn't save five young men sent to Georgia to fight global evil and brought back in zinc coffins.
By all appearances, these deaths are not enough to the Georgian leaders. Recently the republic's peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, nearly 1,000 soldiers in total, underwent rotation. The next thing president Mikheil Saakashvili suggests is recruiting 20 instructors. As Georgia's Defense Minister Bacho Ahalaia says, these people will train units of Afghan national armed forces. "Probably, this will be land contingent, or military air force. At this stage this is a general suggestion based on local demand", - the young minister said adding that the president's proposal is highly important and up-to-date.
It sounds rather disputable recalling Lisbon summit with North Atlantic Alliance deciding to pull out peacekeeping contingent from Afghanistan in 2011-2014. According to NATO SG Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the country's government will take up a key role in security provision in the Islamic republic. The Taliban has already expressed their joy declaring failure of the counterterrorist coalition and promising to throw Western democracy crusaders out before the official term.
Certainly we cannot exclude that Saakashvili and Ahalaia announced importance of this initiative in the context of the Afghan interior troops' new role. Still, there are a few questions here too.
Firstly, Afghan army is mainly equipped with Soviet weaponry: from small arms to aviation. Everyone acknowledges that. U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder's words about Russia-NATO relations and Washington's reliance on a possibility of inviting Russian specialists for helicopter maintenance in the republic are not incidental. Can Georgian instructors focused on NATO country members' weaponry be of any help to Afghans then?