TOLOnews 10 February 2013 FARAKHABAR/ فراخبر ۱۰ فبروری ۲۰۱۳





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Published on Feb 11, 2013

General John Allen, the outgoing chief US commander in Afghanistan, said that the uncertainty of the Afghan people about their future is his biggest concern as he leaves after 19 months leading the military forces fighting insurgency in Afghanistan.

Speaking to TOLOnews on his last day in the country, the US Marine General said the Afghans' lack of confidence in their future stems from the ongoing conflict and the government's failure to tackle corruption and build capacity.

"My biggest concern? It is uncertainty," he replied when asked what concerns he leaves behind.

"There is uncertainty right now because we are still in a conflict. And yes, there is uncertainty because we haven't achieved all we would like to achieve in terms of governmental capacity and countering corruption," he added.

However, Allen encouraged the country to look at the progress that has been made.

"The Afghan people need to take stock of how far they have come in the last 11 years.

The difference between 2001 and 2013 is so dramatic it's almost breathtaking. But that only is the beginning in my mind of where Afghanistan can go."

Allen has commanded the US and Nato-led troops in Afghanistan since mid-2011.

On Sunday, the US Marine General Joseph Dunford took control of the Nato-led combat mission in Afghanistan.

What are the challenges ahead of Dunford?

Host Yama Siavash looks at different aspects of the topic with this episode's guests Masoud Turishtwal, teacher at the Kabul University, and Wali Aria, military analyst.

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