New US Afghan policy may see surge in diplomatic appointments in Kabul

March 19th, 2009 - 7:46 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Mar.19 (ANI): The new US policy for Afghanistan may see hundreds of additional US officials joining hands with US troops as a part of a larger strategy against extremists.
According to US officials, President Barack Obama may announce the new Afghan strategy next week.
The new policy is considered to be based on the recommendation of Obamas top national security advisers, besides senior military, diplomatic and intelligence officials.
According to the Washington Post, the strategy could include a more concentrated effort on security, governance and local development in Afghanistan.
However, with the reinforcement of 17,000 troops in the region the primary goal would remain to root the ingrained Talibani forces from the region, and to help protect civilian operations.
Stabilizing Pakistan and weaning out tribal leaders away from insurgent groups would also be one of the prime goals to be achieved.
The strategy proposals include strengthening of the United Nations (UN) as an over all coordinator of nonmilitary efforts in the region.
Sources added that the veteran U.S. diplomat, Peter W. Galbraith may be appointed as deputy to the head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan Kai Eide.
US State Departments senior Foreign Service official, Francis J. Ricciardone may be named deputy ambassador to enhance the diplomatic relation between Washington and Kabul. (ANI)

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