U.S. Troops Reportedly May Stay In Afghanistan Until 2024

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  1. JayATL

    JayATL Senior Member Senior Member

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    I've said it from day one- US won't leave and give up the prime retail space in china's backyard...


    US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024 - Telegraph

    America and Afghanistan are close to signing a strategic pact which would allow thousands of United States troops to remain in the country until at least 2024, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

    The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build up the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain.
    The prospect of such a deal has already been met with anger among Afghanistan’s neighbours including, publicly, Iran and, privately, Pakistan.

    It also risks being rejected by the Taliban and derailing any attempt to coax them to the negotiating table, according to one senior member of Hamid Karzai’s peace council.

    A withdrawal of American troops has already begun following an agreement to hand over security for the country to Kabul by the end of 2014.

    But Afghans wary of being abandoned are keen to lock America into a longer partnership after the deadline. Many analysts also believe the American military would like to retain a presence close to Pakistan, Iran and China.
     
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  3. JayATL

    JayATL Senior Member Senior Member

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    BTW this is good news for India TOO! in fact great news for india...
     
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    This isn't much of a news. The geopolitical importance of Afghanistan (and Pakistan) was the main reason the US went for broke in that wretched part of the World.
     
  5. JayATL

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    huh? did you read the article... US staying till 2024 as opposed to what everyone thought they would be all out by 2014 in afghanistan is not much of a news? its great news for india and bad news for pakistan and china... pakistan because they can't influence AF and china because they have US base(s) on their border
     
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    I'm referring to the novelty of the news item not its value.
     
  7. nitesh

    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    It is very bad news for India, this news means US will continue to pop up pakistan with free money and arms which will be used against us, to save there a$$es from those jihadis.
     
  8. Tronic

    Tronic Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    I hope no one here actually believed that the US was going to fully walkout on Afghanistan! Simply put, that was never an option. The US has spent far too much in Afghanistan to simply walk away. What you will see once the bulk of US troops depart is a minimum American presence required to keep the Taliban out. Mainly Special ops troops, military advisers and trainers.
     
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    Not necessarily. If you are inferring to the US supply convoys coming through Karachi as the reason for the US to prop up Pakistan, than no, those convoys will not necessarily be required for the small number of troops which will be staying. At that instant, US propping up Pakistan, if that is still the case, will be a decision independent of the Afghanistan campaign.
     
  10. sob

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    As Tronic has mentioned that the troop withdrawal by the US was more a political step by Pres. Obama. Americans cannot afford to leave Afghanistan. The troop levels will not be at today's level, they will keep on fluctuating.
     

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