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Kabul Protest An Opportunity To Unite Afghans: Campbell

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Gen-John-CampbellGeneral John F. Campbell, Commander of NATO-led Resolute Support in Afghanistan, said Wednesday's protest in Kabul was an opportunity for unity among Afghans and that the country's problems will be overcome through solidarity.

Discussing Wednesday's massive demonstration over the beheading of seven Zabul residents allegedly by Daesh members, Campbell also extended his condolences to the bereaved families. He said the US no longer has a direct role in military operations in the country but that the Afghan security forces are able to deliver a solid response to militants.
"My condolences go out to the families impacted by this, but again I would emphasize that the Taliban, in this case maybe Daesh, are the ones that are inflicting casualties on civilians," he said.
Touching on the peace process issue, he said the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders have done much in this regard and that this process will take a longer time.

"On the peace process and dividing of the Taliban... I think again the Taliban has to bring the right people that represent them [the Taliban]. If there is a division among them, it may take a little bit longer to bring them to the peace table," he added.
In addition he raised the issue of the Afghan government's request for military equipment from other countries.

"I have talked to President (Ashraf) Ghani and Dr. (Abdullah) Abdullah about how they move forward there, but I think there is going to be cognizance of what Russia is doing in Syria and in Iraq and there is likely work with other countries. They need to make sure that they are getting everything that they need," he added.
"From the United States and coalition if we give something we are giving you lifecycle management. So you get the weapon, the ammunition, the maintenance, the training. Like many countries may say I give you ex but they do not follow up. And I haven't seen anything from Russia lately provided to Afghanistan other than what they did many many years ago when they tore up Afghanistan," Campbell said.