Lord Richard Dannatt war von 2006–2009 Generalstabschef der britischen Streitkräfte. Der Infanterie- und Panzeroffizier Dannatt hatte eine glanzvolle Kommandantenlaufbahn hinter sich, als er zum obersten Soldaten Britanniens ernannt wurde. Er kennt die Kriegsschauplätze im Balkan, in Irak und Afghanistan aus eigener Erfahrung. Jetzt gehört er in London zu den Kritikern des Afghanistan-Rückzugs, den der ex-Präsident Trump am 29. Februar 2020 durch den übereilten “Friedensschluss” mit den Taliban auslöste.
Der britische Dienst Forces schreibt:
Afghanistan Heading For Civil War Following Western Troop Withdrawal
Lord Dannatt told Forces News it’s “not a great situation” in Afghanistan as the Taliban capitalise on the withdrawal of Western forces.
“It’s really down to the will of the people, the will of the Afghan Security forces, whether they want to control sufficient of their country for a majority of their people, particularly in the urban areas, to live the kind of life that we’ve shown them the possibility of,” Lord Dannatt said.
The US began withdrawing troops from the country on 1 May and has a deadline currently set for 11 September for a complete troop drawdown.
Earlier this week, the last German and Italian troops arrived back in their respective countries – 20 years after the first Western soldiers were deployed.
Lord Dannatt told Forces News it is “not a great situation” in Afghanistan.
“The Taliban has risen in strength,” he said. “It’s captured district after district in the rural areas and is making a lot of unwanted progress as international forces have drawn down.
“And, sadly, although we’ve invested many billions of pounds and efforts and time into the Afghan National Army, it’s not proving as effective as we’d hoped it would.
However, Lord Dannatt added it is “not all bad news”.
“Although the Taliban’s making great progress in the rural areas, in the provincial centres, somewhere like Kandahar, for example, and, of course, in the national capital Kabul, they’re not making the progress that they would like to have done,” he said.
“But, given that the international community, led by the Americans, have decided ‘we’re going’, the Taliban is seizing its opportunity.
“And, frankly, is now ignoring a peace process through the talks that they were only paying lip service to in Doha.”
He added that “international support for Afghanistan is going to be diplomatic, it’s going to be economic and it’s going to be delivered in ways that are non-military”.
“Soft power as opposed to hard power,” he said.
Lord Dannatt said the UK’s presence in Afghanistan “has been costly” but has neither been “a total failure” or “the success that we perhaps had in mind”.
“So we have to wait and see what happens,” he said.
“It does then beg the wider question as to… whether the campaign has been worth it.”