US begins talks to extend troop presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014

( – Reports say Washington is vying for an agreement with Kabul that would keep tens of thousands of troops there until 2024. 

The US has begun negotiations with the Kabul government over the extension of troop presence past 2014, despite repeated claims by the Obama administration that the war in Afghanistan will come to an end that year, Antiwar reported.

Vice President Joe Biden, during last week’s debate with VP candidate Paul Ryan, told tens of millions of Americans, yet again, that the US is leaving Afghanistan in 2014.

“We are leaving in 2014, period, and in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion,” Biden said.

“We’ve been in this war for over a decade. The primary objective is almost completed. Now all we’re doing is putting the Kabul government in a position to be able to maintain their own security. It’s their responsibility, not America’s.”

But US and Afghan negotiators met in Kabul last week to talk about the formal security agreement that will govern the presence of US troops past 2014.

NATO on Monday (15/10/2012) also announced it will also keep international troops in Afghanistan past 2014 alongside US troops.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that “Western officials have mentioned the residual American force as ranging from a few thousand to some 20,000.”
Micah Zenko, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, “some US policymakers assume that Afghanistan will serve as hub for special operations raids and drone strikes into Pakistan.”
The complete and utter failure of the US and its NATO allies to get anything constructive done in Afghanistan for the past 11 years should be testament enough that another 11 years won’t do any good either.
The US-led war on Afghanistan aimed to eliminate the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and prevent their return by building up a “stable” Afghan government and independent security forces, but the mission is totally failure. Every one of these goals have been objective failures, and experts and commentators across the political spectrum acknowledge this.
The fact that Mujahideen in Afghanistan is as strong as ever, even after 11 years of facing off against the world’s most advanced military.
And the Mujahideen have said that they will continue to fight against the invaders and their puppets even if this war will be extended until 100 years. (siraaj/antiwar/


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