Friday, January 31, 2014
No BSA Blow to Afghan Army
The lack of a Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan could not only result in a "zero option" for foreign troops (mostly advisors) in Afghanistan after December 2014 but also put at risk further financial aid that would bankroll the Afghan security forces, governance, and development. If the foreign aid is reduced (just as Congress slashed funds for Afghanistan in recent budget talks) then it will be almost impossible for the MoI and MoD to pay for its police and Soldiers. Read more in "Lack of bilateral agreement would be blow to Afghan army, NATO chief says", Stars and Stripes, January 27, 2014.