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Gates: U.S. Afghanistan Involvement Should Continue


KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States has no interest is setting up permanent military bases in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon chief is in Afghanistan for talks with President Hamid Karzai and a look at battlefields where his commanders say the U.S. and NATO are gaining the edge against the Taliban. He told reporters Monday that while the U.S. is open to some long-term military presence in the strategically important country, he is stressing the plan to halt combat operations by the end of 2014.

Karzai is worried about what happens then, and wants more durable signs of U.S. support.


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Comment by Ruth Slater
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 his whole article is one big lie !!!   The United States and its military allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have entered the third month of war in Afghanistan this year, which President Barack Obama in December of 2009 announced as the year in which American and other foreign occupation forces would be reduced preparatory to their full withdrawal. Within months of the U.S. head of state’s claim, the commander-in-chief had over 90,000 troops in the conquered country and currently there are 60,000 more from some fifty other nations serving in NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The total number exceeds that of any foreign military force ever before stationed in Afghanistan. The presence of American and allied troops, beginning as it did on October 7, 2001, is the longest in the Asian nation’s history, with U.S. forces already in the country for several months longer than Soviet troops were stationed there from late 1979 until early 1989. Since Obama’s pledge that U.S. and NATO troop strength would be reduced this year – not a firm deadline but an evasion, a self-serving lie designed to take the sting out of the announcement of increased troop deployments, one the international community, self-styled and genuine, chose to take at face value – the world’s only ongoing war of occupation has stretched into not only the longest armed conflict in Afghanistan’s history but also in that of the U.S. read on