The US and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Austin S. Miller said that the simple question that “why are we here?” evinces a lot of different answers as he defined the presence of the coalition forces in the war-weary Afghanistan.
Quoted by the US Department of Defense, Miller said terror groups such as Daesh, al Qaida and others have no role in a new Afghanistan.
He said “the smart option is to reconcile and rebuild Afghanistan together”.
Figures show that 1,100 NATO and coalition troops have lost their lives in fight against terrorism in Afghanistan since 2001.
Miller, who has been commander of the NATO mission since Sept. 2, said that what the coalition troops are doing in Afghanistan makes their own countries safer and that they are protecting their fellow citizens.
“Each nation has its own objectives, and then there are NATO objectives,” Miller said. “So you get a lot of different answers when you speak to the troops. But it all comes down to protecting the citizens at home.”
This comes as the US and NATO forces vowed to help Afghan forces in security of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Military analysts say that the foreign forces need to provide more training for more units in the Afghan army and police and continue to support and improve the Afghan Air Force.