May 18 - As NATO leaders prepare to discuss the future of Afghan security, analysts warn that the conflict in Afghanistan is far from over. Sarah Sheffer reports.
NATO allies are preparing to gather in Chicago on Sunday to discuss the future of security in Afghanistan, as analysts warn that the conflict is far from over. Foreign combat troops are set to withdraw by the end of 2014, when local security forces will take full control of the beleaguered state. The United States and NATO partners are expected to announce commitments worth 1.3 billion dollars a year. However, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he wants at least 2 billion dollars a year from Washington. Afghans in Taliban free areas worry the that group may move in when the deterrence of international troops disappears. Some, like this man in Kabul, worry Afghanistan's neighbour's will take advantage of the situation. (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL RESIDENT FARID AHMAD, SAYING: "There is a need for the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan because of the threat from our neighbouring countries like Iran and Pakistan. It has now been proven to the whole world that our neighbours give shelter and training to terrorists and send them to Afghanistan to destabilise it." Other Afghans say, if enough equipment is provided, local forces should be capable of ensuring security for Afghanistan. Sarah Sheffer, Reuters