Taliban, NATO tied in fight for foothold in Afghanistan
CANADA: Half of 17,000 men surveyed in April in Afghanistan
â€śchillinglyâ€ť said they believe the Taliban will triumph against NATO
forces, a think tank said in a report Monday.
As well, 80 percent said they are preoccupied with trying to feed
their families, according to the poll by Paris-based The Senlis Council.
The Talibanâ€™s â€śvery clever propagandaâ€ť tells young Afghan men that
the NATO alliance does not care about them, and is only concerned about
waging their own war, explained Norine MacDonald, founder and lead field
researcher for the group.
Indeed, Afghans are â€śworse off (now) than under Talibanâ€ť rule, she
said at the opening of The Senlis Councilâ€™s Canadian office in Ottawa.
â€śThe Afghan people, five years after the international community has
come to Afghanistan, despite our best intentions, are suffering,â€ť she
Southern Afghanistan is facing serious food shortages which could
play into the hands of the countryâ€™s hard-line former leaders the
Taliban, she said.
As well, growing civilian injuries caused by NATO-Taliban fighting,
and a US-led poppy eradication program has fueled villagersâ€™ frustration
with NATO forces.
In a critical report, the think tank said the situation is
â€śundermining military effortsâ€ť in Afghanistan.
The organization, an international policy group with offices in
London, Paris, Brussels and Kabul, based its research on testimony from
Afghans and had videos showing injured civilians with no healthcare and
dozens of refugee camps in Kandahar province where Afghans line up for
Ottawa, Tuesday, AFP.