Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey has observed that the attacks by the Afghan security forces on allied troops are becoming “a very serious threat”. In the past few months and weeks, the phenomenon also known as green-on-blue attacks has become dangerously frequent; the Nato personnel are reported to have temporarily, at least, revised their policy of moving out for patrols with their Afghan partners they themselves trained over the years. Reports are coming in that Nato has restricted its field of operations as well as the practice of the local troops accompanying the Nato marines on military campaigns has been discontinued. With the drawdown that would be followed with an increase in the size of the Afghan National Army, lurks a high risk of things going haywire. But where the insider attacks have disturbed the top US leadership seriously to consider a change of strategy, it must be mentioned that the Taliban too have stepped up attacks, which is a grim indicator of how the country is going to become a theatre of infighting in the coming days. Just last week, in what is thought to be the biggest attack yet, six fighter jets were destroyed in a well guarded compound in the south as part of the growing Taliban momentum. Many fear that the country would revert to the civil war going on before the invasion. Hence, it will be all back to square one and for the Taliban business as usual. What the foreign occupation has achieved is apparent from the territory being reclaimed by militancy. The Obama Administration on its part might crow that they have taken the war to its logical conclusion; the main perpetrators of 9/11 are either dead or on the run. But considering that ground is once again fertile for terrorists, there is not much to cheer. Afghanistan’s transition to stability after decades of violence will not be as easy as it is made out to be. Post-war years offer opportunities for a new beginning as well as a scenario much worse. Many observers reporting from the war zone for decades unanimously hold poverty, lack of infrastructure, joblessness, absence of a sustainable political system and finally the invaders’ failure to address these issues accountable for the present mess. The foreign forces ought to leave according to the agreed roadmap but the commitment from the international donors to let the country stand on its feet should be consistent, lest it should become a terrorist breeding ground.