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U.S. soldiers and Afghan police move out on a foot patrol in the Isa Khan region of Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, Dec. 28, 2010.

Seeking a stable Afghanistan

International Team Training Afghan Forces

January 2010, Number 01.01

“The future of the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan became clearer when the United States announced in December 2009 that it would send 30,000 more troops to the country.

The United States said Afghan forces will start providing their country’s security after July 2011, when U.S. troops will begin pulling out of the country. After the announcement, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark said two dozen countries would send more than 7,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

The NATO mission, in addition to combating Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents in the country, is to protect the Afghan people and to help train the country’s military and police forces. The announced pullout makes setting a timeline for Afghans to take back full control of securing their country a high priority. Until the pullout begins, the NATO effort must remain in place.

“It is right in my view that eight years since Sept. 11, and after many achievements in Afghanistan … we look at how we can get the Afghans themselves more involved in taking responsibility for their own affairs,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told Agence France-Presse in September 2009...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “International Team Training Afghan Forces,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 1, 2010: 38-41.

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