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You think U.S. troops will be coming out in 18 months as President Obama said? Karzai Says “Afghan Army Will Need Help Until 2024.” That’s 14 More Years, most likely much longer.
“For another 15 to 20 years, Afghanistan will not be able to sustain a force of that nature and capability with its own resources,” Mr. Karzai said during a press conference here with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. He was referring to the number of Afghan forces needed to provide security for the entire country. Mr. Gates, who was in Kabul on an unannounced visit, acknowledged that there was a “realism on our part that it will be some time before Afghanistan is able to sustain its security forces entirely on its own.” He did not put a timetable on how long he expected the United States and its allies to pay for the Afghan security forces, but he held out the possibility that an improvement in Afghanistan’s finances in the future would allay some of the costs. Read more here.
U.S. Assassination Drones back at work: US airstrike kills 3 in North Waziristan From Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal, please read the whole article as Bill puts a lot of information forward that you will not read elsewhere.
The US has killed three Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in its first strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas in two weeks. Unmanned US strike aircraft targeted and hit a vehicle in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. Two Hellfire missiles launched from unmanned Predator or Reaper attack aircraft hit the vehicle as it moved in the village of Aspalga, about seven miles southeast of the main town of Miramshah. “A car was hit by two missiles, killing three people and injuring three others,” a Pakistani security official told AFP. “The missiles were fired from a US drone,” another official told the news service. US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal would not disclose the target of the strike nor would they confirm if any senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders were killed.
The region is a stronghold of the Haqqani Network. The Haqqani family is led by Jalaluddin and his son Siraj, who serves as the military commander. The network is based in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has the backing of the Pakistani military and its intelligence service, as well as strong ties to al Qaeda. Siraj Haqqani is believed to be a member of al Qaeda military shura, or council, US intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. US airstrikes inside Pakistan have tapered off since September, which saw six attacks. There were only two airstrikes in October and two in November. No senior al Qaeda or Taliban commanders were reported killed in those attacks.
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