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    Taliban member reintegrates with ANSF

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A Taliban member renounced the insurgency and began the reintegration process into Afghan society in Andar district, Ghazni province, June 5.

    A known insurgent of Andar district, Barakdiem, turned himself over to Afghan National Security Forces to reintegrate with the legitimate Afghan government.

    The Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program is an Afghan government program which is supported by the international community. Reintegration reduces violence and strengthens communities and families.

    “I do not understand the point of fighting if most of the Taliban in Andar are foreign fighters,” said Barakdiem. “The Afghan Army treated me well and I want to work with the people of Afghanistan now. The Taliban here are foreigners and they are the invaders now.

    Afghans who voluntarily renounce violence, cut ties with terrorist networks and agree to live within the laws of the Afghan constitution can be brought safely and honorably out of the insurgency and reunited with their communities. Surrendering, disarming or turning over personal weapons are not requirements to integrate.

    An ANSF commander of Ghazni district expects other Taliban members to join the reintegration process.

    “We know of an individual who is an expert at disarming bombs,” said the ANSF commander. “He was Taliban, but now he is always ready to help the Afghan Army if they need help diffusing bombs.”

    The Taliban Senior Leadership in Quetta, Pakistan, stated several months ago the ALP was the biggest threat to the Taliban’s existence.

    “The ALP program in Andar district is very successful and the Taliban know the ALP will grow stronger,” said Kasim Disiwall, the Andar district governor.

    Since the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program is Afghan-led, the final decision regarding who is formally enrolled belongs to the people of Afghanistan.

    Coalition forces may facilitate negotiations with their Afghan partners, but that is not their primary role.



    Date Taken: 06.05.2013
    Date Posted: 06.07.2013 10:01
    Story ID: 108238
    Location: ANDAR DISTRICT, AF

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