With the withdrawal of the majority of the NATO troops, can we say that Afghanistan is more ‘’secured’’ than it was 13 years ago? Is the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) ready to take over and keep a certain degree of security in the major populated areas such as Kabul and Kandahar?

One thing is clear though: the ANSF still needs people to train them! I think this is where NATO’s SOF units should intervene and stay after 2014, until we can guarantee a better control over the attacks and the country’s stability.

The recent attack on the Lebanese Taverna restaurant in Kabul on 17 Jan 2014, at 1920, by three Taliban clearly shows that there are still some gaps that need to be filled.

It began with a Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED) at the main entry point of the restaurant. The blast killed the Close Protection guards and created an entry point for the two remaining Taliban. As soon as they got in, they opened fire on everyone who was inside, killing 21 and wounding 13 more. The ANSF responded quickly by killing the attackers.