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US wants to keep 9 bases in Afghanistan, Karzai says
Associated Press ^ | 5-9-2013 | KATHY GANNON

Posted on 05/09/2013 7:37:33 AM PDT by haffast

KABUL -- The U.S. wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan after American combat troops withdraw in 2014 and the Afghan government will let them as long as it gets "security and economic guarantees," President Hamid Karzai said Thursday in his first public offer in talks about the future relationship between the two uneasy allies.

U.S. officials have made no final announcement about how many troops might remain in Afghanistan after 2014, although they have said as many as many as 12,000 U.S. and coalition forces could remain to train and advise Afghans and continue counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida and other extremists.

The Afghan government would have to approve any such decision, but months of negotiations over a bilateral security agreement have been troubled with disagreements over handing over detainees and anger over alleged misbehavior by American troops.

Karzai has made many statements about the issue but gave his first specific statement about bases at a ceremony at Kabul University.

"We are giving the bases, nine bases they want from Afghanistan in all of Afghanistan," he said.

But in return, Afghanistan wants a U.S. commitment to boost its security, strengthen its armed forces and promise long-term economic development.

"It is our condition that they bring security and bring it quickly and strengthen the Afghan forces and the economy," he said. "When they (the U.S.) do this, we are ready to sign" a partnership agreement.


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To: bert

Why contain evil? To give it the opportunity to break it’s bonds? Better to just eliminate it.

21 posted on 05/09/2013 9:08:20 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("The arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up" Jeremiah 50:32)
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To: haffast

Let the Russians have it for all I care.

22 posted on 05/09/2013 9:09:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

The One said Al Queada is defeated. No need to keep troops there.

Where is code pinko when you need them?

24 posted on 05/09/2013 9:14:19 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: haffast

“Those who should hear, they’ll hear nevermore,
Destroyed, dispersed is the proud host of yore;
With thirteen thousand their trail they began.
Only one man returned from Afghanistan.”

25 posted on 05/09/2013 9:22:07 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: 2001convSVT

You think he’ll stay behind? Ha. He’ll leave with the coalition. You know the drill, talk C about their benefactor, then quitely slip out to live ‘in exile’ in France, Sweden, Holland, etc. with billions they feathered in Swiss bank accounts.

By not staying and fighting he gets an agreement with the Taliban to not extradite him. But they’ll still execute him for cooperating with the coalition. When the money runs out the local support dies -literally.

26 posted on 05/09/2013 9:27:57 AM PDT by Justa
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