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I thought we were bringing all troops home from Afghanistan by 2014? Are you ready for 10 more years?

Pact May Extend U.S. Troops’ Stay in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday that the United States and Afghanistan had finalized the wording of a bilateral security agreement that would allow for a lasting American troop presence through 2024 and set the stage for billions of dollars of international assistance to keep flowing to the government in Kabul.


The deal, which will now be presented for approval by an Afghan grand council of elders starting on Thursday, came after days of brinkmanship by Afghan officials and two direct calls from Mr. Kerry to President Hamid Karzai, including one on Wednesday before the announcement.


Just the day before, a senior aide to Mr. Karzai had said the Afghan leader would not approve an agreement unless President Obama sent a letter acknowledging American military mistakes during the 12-year war. But on Wednesday, Mr. Kerry emphatically insisted that a deal was reached with no American apology forthcoming.


“President Karzai didn’t ask for an apology. There was no discussion of an apology,” Mr. Kerry said. “I mean, it’s just not even on the table.”


After a war that stands as the longest in American history, the security agreement defines a training and counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan lasting at least 10 more years and involving 8,000 to 12,000 troops, mostly American.



Asked by QuinnMae at 10:18 AM on Nov. 21, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Did anyone REALLY believe that all of the troops would be out in 2014? I called bullshit the second he said it. There is no way that would work. Shit is still happening there, if they pull all of our troops out their government will fall. The difference between US military presence in places like Italy and Japan is that we are not at war with anyone in those countries, no RPGs are being shot no IEDs going off. We are allies with those countries. Plus Japan is in a very strategical location for us in regards to North Korea. Us staying in Afghanistan is much different, this is us trying to help train their troops and help develop their government so that one day they can keep control/peace in their country without our help.

    Answer by AF4life at 11:06 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • This President keeps his solemn word lol.

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:27 AM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • Further proof of how honest our administration is.

    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 12:53 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • Our soldiers deserve better. The families of our soldiers deserve better.

    Answer by HHx5 at 12:35 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • I thought we were gonna get affordable health coverage, thought we be able to keep our current health coverage, thought he was about hope and change, thought he would eliminate all oil and gas tax loopholes, thought he was gonna expand the child and dependent care credit... And I could name at least 23 or more promises he has broken. And we are surprised at this?

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 9:36 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • Wow. Just wow.

    Answer by Ballad at 10:51 AM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • Additional info from AP:

    "A signed accord means that about 8,000 U.S. troops could stay for another 10 years, which is the duration of the Bilateral Security Agreement. Although their main role will be to train and assist the Afghan military and police, a small number of U.S. forces will continue to hunt al-Qaida members.

    While the agreement allows for a decade-long, if not longer, presence for U.S. troops, they may not be there over that period. The Obama administration has yet to specify how long U.S. troops might actually remain to complete the training and support mission, and the agreement extends far past Obama's tenure as president."

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:09 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • AP also reports that Karzai doesn't want to sign the deal till after elections in April. A delay would be a deal-killer and all troops would be pulled.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:11 PM on Nov. 21, 2013

  • Those who don't know history are doomed to believe liars when they lie to your faces.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:23 AM on Nov. 24, 2013

  • what is meant by "lasting American troop presence"? i mean we still have a lot of troops in Japan, Italy, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. We've been in Japan since WWII.

    will they end the war and just keep bases there w/ active duty military, or is this going to be more of the same combat deployment? i see no problem with the first thing, but the war needs to be done, the killing needs to stop...for our military men/women and their families.

    Answer by okmanders at 1:23 PM on Nov. 21, 2013