On the streets of Kabul, there has been a mixed response to the news that Nato leaders want to set a 2014 target for handing over leadership of Afghan security to Afghan government forces.
Many people feel the country’s national army and police are ready for the task now.
“Foreigners were never here to help us. They have their own interests and they are not here to help us. We can defend our country, people and soil with the help of God,” said Kabul resident Mohammad Agha.
Sentiments shared by Ghulam Hussain: “We have our own national army and national police who can stand against any enemy like the Taliban, Pakistan and Iran.”
Some critics, however, say many young recruits in the Afghan army and police, can barely read and write and still lack crucial field and tactical expertise. So even if Nato’s combat mission ends in 2014, its training role is expected to be needed for several more years.