Obama Says Afghanistan Will Not Be Abandoned

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PostMon May 21, 2012 9:01 pm » by Flecktarn

US President Barack Obama has promised Afghanistan that the international community will not abandon its transition to managing its own security and future.

At the Chicago summit, President Obama and his 27 military allies pledged by declaration that troops will be withdrawn by end of 2014 and a training mission will be left behind.
At the opening of the NATO gathering he said: "As Afghans stand up, they will not stand alone."
The leaders backed plans to hand the lead to Afghan forces by mid-2013, with foreign troops transitioning from combat to support roles in the process.
Karzai announced last week that Afghans would soon take control of more provinces, which will put 75% of the population under the protection of local forces.
President Obama added: "More Afghans are reclaiming their communities, Afghan security forces have grown stronger.
"Today we can agree on NATO's long-term relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014 including our support of Afghan security forces."
David Cameron also confirmed British troops - like other international forces - will end their combat role by the end of 2014, "that is our deadline", he said.
Despite the international pull-out, he insisted the Taliban could not regain power by force of arms and he urged them to re-open negotiations with the government of President Hamid Karzai.
"The message to the insurgency is equally clear: you can't win on the battlefield; stop fighting and start talking," he said.
Mr Cameron said it was in Britain's national interest to continue supporting Afghanistan beyond 2014.
He added: "We are making a decisive and enduring commitment to the long-term future of Afghanistan.
"The message to the Afghan people is that we will not desert them."
Britain has already pledged 110 million dollars (£70 million) a year towards the \$4 billion annual cost of supporting the Afghan forces after 2014.
The talks were again targeted by Anti-NATO protestors only hours after clashes with baton-wielding police led to 45 arrests.
The initial confrontation began late Sunday after a two-and-a-half-mile march from a Chicago park to the site of the summit, where the leaders of the NATO alliance met.
Four officers were injured and lawyers representing protesters said at least 12 demonstrators were hurt, some suffering head wounds from police batons.
The size of the protests over the last week has fallen short of expectations. Police estimate about 3,000 people attended on Sunday, although many participants thought the crowd was larger.
Organisers did not get the 10,000 people they had hoped for, or the 40,000 the anti-Wall Street Occupy movement boasted it would attract.
The Coalition Against Nato-G8 the group behind Sunday's march, is calling for an immediate end to America's role in the Afghan war. Other protesters decried US defence spending and economic inequality.
Matt Howard, a former US Marine who served in Iraq, was one of nearly 50 veterans who threw service medals into the street near the summit site in protest.
Vietnam War veteran Ron McSheffery, 61, said, "I'm in total support of stopping Nato and stopping the slaughter of innocent civilians.
"If we took the money we spent on bombs and put it into green energy, we wouldn't need to keep the sea lanes open for oil transport."
On the sidelines of the summit, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton amid tensions between the two countries over crucial supply routes.
Mr Zardari wants "to find a permanent solution" to the US drone issue after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in November by a strike along the border with Afghanistan
In response Pakistan closed the ground routes used by NATO to reach soldiers in Afghanistan and demanded a high-level apology for the incident.
It was not clear whether a deal to reopen the roads would happen at the Chicago summit, but White House officials said there had been "positive" signs in the ongoing discussions.
"We believe we're moving in the right trajectory," said deputy US national security advisor Ben Rhodes.
The haggle is said to be over the price - with Pakistan demanding higher fees per truck than were paid a year ago, according to US officials.

not until we have stripped your country of assets and minerals and charged you for it and we will leave xe there to police the situation

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PostMon May 21, 2012 10:04 pm » by The57ironman


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