A recent report on Afghanistan released by the International Crisis Group stresses the importance of the international community’s role in their commitment to Afghanistan and its people and the possible disaster that could ricochet to Western nations if it is abandoned once again.

“Countries that consider themselves major players in NATO such as Germany, France and Italy need to assume a greater share of the burden, including the combat burden.

“Such an unstable Afghanistan, in which extremists have a strong foothold, would again pose a serious threat to global security. Western governments need to acknowledge the importance of defeating this threat…”