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Afghanistan Will Sign US Security Pact, Says Germany

Afghan President Hamid Karzai greets journalists as he leaves a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 25, 2014.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai greets journalists as he leaves a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Jan. 25, 2014.
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— Germany's foreign minister said on Thursday that he had received assurances from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that his country would sign a security deal with the United States that allows Western troops to remain in the country.
       
The United States has warned it could withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan unless the pact is signed soon.
       
Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to Karzai during a weekend trip to Afghanistan.
       
"He said to me very clearly: the deal has been negotiated, it would not be amended,'' Steinmeier told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, saying, however, that Karzai had given no indication of the timing.

The Afghan president had stressed that he could only sign the agreement once the reconciliation process in Afghanistan, which will include radical forces such as the Taliban, had got underway, said Steinmeier.

"I was pleased that Karzai said very clearly that Afghanistan would in any case sign,'' Steinmeier said.

The United States and other nations want to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan for counter terrorism and training of Afghan personnel after U.S. forces formally withdraw at the end of this year.

The security deal is a condition for those soldiers to remain active in Afghanistan. Germany has some 3,200 soldiers deployed there as part of the NATO-led mission.
       
The U.S. director of national intelligence said earlier this week he did not believe Karzai would sign the deal. Karzai has previously suggested any security deal could wait until after April elections in Afghanistan.

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by: JKF2 from: Great North (Canada)
February 13, 2014 9:25 PM
The war in Afghanistan is a civil war, with multiple proxi interests keeping the war going. The US, with other NATO countries, for well over 10 yrs, having almost 100,000 troops on the ground, with an additional generation of almost 300,000 Afghan troops, have not been able to bring the war to an end. Leaving 10,000 US and a few other NATO troops ~2000 will just make the task of ensuring the security of the US/NATO forces be the main objective of their stay. Past history demonstrates that foreign, democratic origin forces, have very little impact on the outcome of civil wars. By most accounts, the foreign forces are not even welcomed by most of the population, Karzai himself has so indicated in numerous occasions, and for that reason restricted the operations of foreign forces. The continuous underhanded attacks, by Afghan uniformed personnel, on US/NATO forces completely negates a good reason to leave US/NATO forces behind. One of the prospective missions, the war on the heroin trade, was given up long ago. It makes little strategic or tactical sense to leave exposed/unprotected valiant/dedicated/honourable soldiers behind; all that will occur, is they will become victims and casualties for no good strategic need. !0,000 can't win the war that 100,000 failed to do. 10,000 will not magically trasform Afghanistan from its current state, into any thing like a democracy. Bottom line Afghan's need to resolve their own civil war. Afghanistan is another forced border country, resulting from the terrible colonial legacy. Afghanistan is not sustainable, because the different tribal/ethnic groups see different visions of the country, including some see joining with their main tribes accross the various borders. Given the lenght of the un-successful war in Afghanistan, a comparison to Viet-Nam is in order on many levels; in most cases the levels will show a picture of the negatives are in fact greater than those faced in VN, Korea, etc.. even the fundamental failing strategy is very similar = leadership not willing to use the force required to win drectly, and I am not talking just masses of lightly armed soldiers,but forces like in WWi/WWII etc; the indirect approach just does not work in most wars of this type.


by: chefbrucewest from: Warrington, Pennsylvania
February 13, 2014 9:53 AM
Thank god. For all of you readers who may be unaware of what goes on in Afghanistan, the focus must remain on education, safety and security of the innocent; particularly Afgha mm women and girls. If the US and the EU must pay the bill then so be it. For those whonarenalso unaware, Afghanistan has a unique and valued history that must be preserved. Perhaps I am wrong, but I do not see the Taliban supporting education for young women, which is critical for the prospects of economic success.

Thus the security deal makes some sense over the long term. In fact the US may save money in the long term by reducing the possibility of terrorism out of Afghanistan by working with their government. I would like to hear from Afgjans in the diaspora about my comments.

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