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US to Have Military Presence, Prop Up Afghan Government Well Past 2014

There is very little chance for a political settlement with the Taliban and insurgents in Afghanistan by 2014, the year the Obama administration has set for a drawdown of troops, according to analysts.

So far, peace talks with the Afghan Taliban have failed for various reasons. One barrier for the start of talks have been U.S. preconditions, namely for the Taliban to renounce violence, respect the Afghan constitution, and sever ties with al Qaeda.

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