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David Cameron Afghanistan Final Phases Speech

 
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03/14/2012 08:42 PM
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David Cameron Afghanistan Final Phases Speech


Speaking at the White House, both leaders stressed that progress had been made in the country - despite losses of US, British and Afghan lives.

International forces will take on a support role from 2013, and Afghans will fully take over security in 2014.

The PM said they would not "give up on this mission", despite its "high cost".

Tensions are high in Afghanistan after an American soldier shot dead 16 Afghan civilians.

On Wednesday evening it emerged that the serviceman had been flown out of Afghanistan to a "pre-trial confinement facility" in another undisclosed country.

Earlier in the day, a member of Nato forces was injured when a stolen truck was driven onto the runway at Camp Bastion, the main British military base in Afghanistan, as US defence secretary Leon Panetta was arriving at the site.

'Real progress'
Speaking after talks with Mr Cameron at the White House, the US president said the tragic events of recent days were a reminder of how difficult the mission was.


But he said: "What we can never forget is our forces are making very real progress."

Mr Obama said troops were making headway against the Taliban and al-Qaeda and were training Afghan forces.

He said details of the next stage of transition to Afghan control would be set out at the upcoming Nato summit in Chicago, but added: "This includes shifting to a support role next year in 2013 in advance of Afghans taking full responsibility for security in 2014.

"We are going to complete this mission and we are going to do it responsibly."

BBC political editor Nick Robinson said neither leader wanted to give a more detailed timetable about when troops would leave Afghanistan, but both had stressed they were still ready for the fight in the country, in the face of tough public opinion at home.


Mr Cameron is on a three-day trip to the US and was earlier welcomed to Washington with a 19-gun salute on the South Lawn of the White House.

He said: "We will not give up on this mission because Afghanistan must never again be a safe haven for al-Qaeda to launch attacks against us.

"We will not build a perfect Afghanistan, although let's be clear, we are making some tangible progress.

"But we can help ensure that Afghanistan is capable of delivering its own security without the need for large numbers of foreign troops."

He added: "We are now in the final phases of our military mission.

"That transition to Afghan control, as agreed at Lisbon, is now well under way. And next year, as the president said, in 2013, this includes shifting to a support role."

And he added that he would work with Afghan President Hamid Karzai for a "politically-led solution".

British and US combat troops are expected to leave Afghanistan completely by the end of 2014 - a deadline Mr Cameron said was "achievable and do-able".
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03/14/2012 08:44 PM
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Re: David Cameron Afghanistan Final Phases Speech
Such an eloquent & plausible liar, he disgusts me intensely.
Progress? Securing the mineral wealth & Trans Afghan Pipeline project?

Bastard!
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03/14/2012 08:51 PM
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Re: David Cameron Afghanistan Final Phases Speech
Such an eloquent & plausible liar, he disgusts me intensely.
Progress? Securing the mineral wealth & Trans Afghan Pipeline project?

Bastard!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 12519588


I totally agree.

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