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Mullen: U.S. will not leave Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The top US military officer is vowing long-term commitment to Afghanistan, touting progress in the war against the Taliban and its Al-Qaeda allies ahead of an American drawdown. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on the “Charlie Rose” television interview show…

Defense Sec nominee champions significant Afghan drawdown

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Defense Secretary nominee Leon Panetta said Thursday that he backed President Barack Obama’s call for withrawing significant numbers of American troops from Afghanistan starting in July. US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin asked Panetta, who has served Obama as CIA chief, whether he agreed…

Afghan handover could run past 2015 in areas: NATO

The military handover from NATO-led forces to Afghans should start in the first half of 2011 but poor security in some areas could see it run past a 2014 target, a NATO official said on Wednesday before an important summit. With attention focusing on the security transition from foreign forces…

Lindsey Graham: 2014 is real date for Afghanistan withdrawal

It’s looking less and less likely that a serious troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will happen in 2011. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday that 2014 was the more realistic date for a drawdown. “I think in summer of 2011 we can bring some troops home but we’re going to need…

Liz Cheney calls on Obama to shut down WikiLeaks

Following the release of 92,000 war log files, Liz Cheney is calling for WikiLeaks to be shut down and says that the founder has “blood on his hands.” “I would point out that although you’ve got the news about the WikiLeaks documents that that came out this week and clearly…

US officials back away from July 2011 Afghan withdrawal deadline

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rejected suggestions Sunday that US forces will move out of Afghanistan in large numbers in July of next year under a deadline set by President Barack Obama. “That absolutely has not been decided,” Gates said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. His comment was…

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