US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

Pentagon Says Afghan Forces Still Need Assistance

Published December 11, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — As President Obama considers how quickly to withdraw the remaining 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan and turn over the war to Afghan security forces, a bleak new Pentagon report has found that only one of the Afghan National Army’s 23 brigades is able to operate independently without air or other military support from the United States and NATO partners.

US Senate votes for faster Afghan withdrawal

Published November 30, 2012 by Al Jazeera
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The United States Senate has voted overwhelmingly for an accelerated withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting, reflecting the wishes of a war-weary nation.

U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal

Published October 2, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here: battering the Taliban into a peace deal.

Afghanistan: Why don't we leave now?

Published September 20, 2012 by Christian Science Monitor
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Why can’t we just leave Afghanistan now? It’s the unspoken question that top Pentagon officials are endeavoring to answer in their assurances that America must stay its course in the war-torn country.

US in Afghanistan: opinion divided over suspension of joint operations

Published September 20, 2012 by The Guardian
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The US military caught London and other Nato allies by surprise when it rushed into halting on-the-ground operations with Afghan security forces, after four Americans and two British soldiers were killed by local policemen at the weekend.

Trip To Afghanistan Gives Uncertain Outlook

NPR's Tom Bowman is just back from a month in Afghanistan, where he went out on several missions with U.S. and Afghan security forces. Bowman speaks with host Rachel Martin about what he saw and the way ahead in the war.

U.S. Redefines Afghan Success Before Conference

Published May 18, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the NATO nations will meet in Chicago on Sunday to set in motion the massive machinery necessary to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

Obama Hosts NATO, Focus on Afghanistan and Alliance Future Global Role

Published May 16, 2012 by Voice of America
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President Barack Obama welcomes NATO leaders to his home town of Chicago this coming weekend for a summit focused on Afghanistan, burden-sharing and other challenges facing the alliance.

U.S. abandons consulate site in Afghanistan, citing security risks

Published May 5, 2012 by The Washington Post
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After signing a 10-year lease and spending more than $80 million on a site envisioned as the United States’ diplomatic hub in northern Afghanistan, American officials say they have abandoned their plans, deeming the location for the proposed compound too dangerous.

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