Thursday, July 22, 2010

'A Few Years Won't Be Enough' in Afghanistan - der Spiegel

Still, there is a growing domestic pressure for countries involved in Afghanistan to begin withdrawing their troops. US President Barack Obama pledged last year that he would begin looking for ways to reduce the US presence in Afghanistan. And pressure for withdrawal is becoming difficult to ignore in a number of European capitals as well.
The center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: - "But Afghanistan's military and police forces are far, far away from being able to stand on their own two feet. It is unclear just what the military support, promised by NATO, is to look like. And nobody believes that the omnipresent corruption will disappear by 2014."

Conservative Die Welt writes:" - The specification of 2014 as the date by which Afghanistan will take over responsibility for its own security was first and foremost an effort to mollify the Western public who have become increasingly tired of the war. It has little to do with a realistic assessment of the situation in Afghanistan. -- The World from Berlin: 'A Few Years Won't Be Enough' in Afghanistan

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