UK Lawmakers Warn of Afghan Civil War
Plan appears to be to 'hope for the best,' committee finds
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 2:01 AM CDT
British Army engineers prepare vehicles ahead of a major operation to airlift thousands of tons of military equipment from Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/PA, Ben Birchall)

(Newser) – Afghanistan is in danger of descending into civil war after coalition forces end their frontline role next year, and the UK government's strategy appears to be simply to withdraw and hope for the best, a group of British lawmakers warns. A report from a cross-party defense committee warns that coalition forces' failure to reduce violence does not bode well for Afghanistan's future, and the government has done little to counter the perception that the pullout is basically "withdrawal through fatigue," the Guardian reports.

The committee said an Afghan-led peace deal with the Taliban is key to securing the country's future, as are free elections and efforts to combat corruption and the drug trade, the BBC reports. The lawmakers expressed concern that not enough was being done to train and equip Afghan forces before the pullout. "We hope that Afghanistan can become a secure, prosperous, and flourishing country but we are concerned that Afghanistan could descend into civil war within a few years," the report concludes.

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Apr 10, 2013 8:27 PM CDT
please take my tax money, buy 16,000,000 assault weapons, with ample ammunition, give to each woman and child over there and let them get their revenge. also it will eliminate a bunch of them. no u s soldiers lost. the world is a better place.
Apr 10, 2013 7:12 PM CDT
civil warfor sure they are savages and there will forever be sectarian problems!! better they kill eachother and not us! fubo fubar!!!!
Apr 10, 2013 12:52 PM CDT
These peoples will never change, they have been @ this since the times of Alexander & the likes, they were fierce warriors then & will continue with that mind set until they are dead & gone.