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Rhodes said Obama is focused on two main outcomes in Afghanistan: ensuring that the country does not revert to being the al Qaida haven it was prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and getting the government to the point where it can defend itself.
said. military presence this year, although the pace of that withdrawal will not be decided for a few months.
Asked in a conference call with reporters whether zero was now an option, Rhodes said, "That would be an option we would consider."
State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department. troops to remain. military mission," Lute said. troops who would have stayed to help train Iraqi forces. troops remain in Iraq. forces in Afghanistan, wrote earlier this week that vigorous debate has been under way inside the administration on a "minimalist approach" for post 2014 Afghanistan. and its Afghan and Pakistan partners sharing intelligence.
At stake is the risk of Afghanistan's collapse and a return to the chaos of the 1990s that enabled the Taliban to seize power and provide a haven for Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network. Fewer than 100 al Qaida fighters are believed to remain in Afghanistan, although a larger number are just across the border in Pakistani sanctuaries. counterterrorism force in Afghanistan beyond 2014, plus a contingent to train Afghan forces. He is believed to favor an option that would keep about 9,000 troops in the country. troop presence of as few as 3,000 and as many as 15,000, with the number linked to a Nike Huarache Utility Black And White
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Those issues are central to talks this week as Nike Air Huarache Triple Black Mens Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets with President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
In announcing last month in Kabul that he had accepted Obama's invitation to visit this week, Karzai made plain his objectives. troops.
"We wouldn't rule out any option," including zero troops, Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser, said Tuesday. does not have an inherent objective of 'X' number of troops in Afghanistan," Rhodes said. now has 66,000 troops in Afghanistan, down from a peak of about 100,000 as recently as 2010. and its NATO allies agreed in November 2010 that they would withdraw all their combat troops by the end of 2014, but they have yet to decide what future missions will be necessary and how many troops they would require.
"That's what guides us, and that's what causes us to look for different potential troop numbers or not having potential troops in the country," Rhodes Nike Huarache Girls
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His statement could be interpreted as part of an administration negotiating strategy. On Friday Karzai is scheduled to meet Obama at the White House to discuss ways of framing an enduring partnership beyond 2014. demand that any American troops who would remain in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends be granted immunity from prosecution under Afghan law. support to maintain an effective security force after 2014.
WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain al Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces.
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