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Reuters: US must stay in Afghanistan or risk more attacks-envoy

September 5, 2011

The United States must keep fighting the Taliban or risk more attacks like those of September 11, 2001, because the insurgent group is a ruthless enemy that has not cut ties to al Qaeda, the US ambassador to Kabul said.

Ryan Crocker, a career diplomat who was ambassador in Iraq, also warned the United States would have to spend billions more in the coming years to bolster Afghanistan’s government and security forces as its own troops prepare to return home.

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 5, 2011 20:36

    The risk is very big and very real, is my opinion.
    It is the period when, won a war, done people dignity and liberty, the warnin is high!
    US ambassador on Kabul and Ryan Crocker have reason and their opinion must be sent and understood.
    Claudio Alpaca

  2. Jacqueline Hughes permalink
    September 6, 2011 17:59

    Rather than just keep chucking troops – US & our own from UK – and $$$$$$s at the problem perhaps it is high time for a complete review of tactics (military/ politcal/ econonomic) on a systemic – both local & global – scale. Just looking at simple practicalities … it is quite obvious that US, let alone GB, economies are hardly in a sound state to sustain this commitment, so inevitably something has to – & most definitely will – give re-defining what are the simple practicalities of this whole situation!

    So far, major Q’s regarding CORRUPTION have yet to be addressed.

    Afghan politics/ banking / army/ police are still as corrupt as ever.

    And, it’s been said, time & time again, that as/when NATO troops start to leave it’s ONLY a matter of how soon, not if/when, the corruption/petty-tribal intrigues & general rot sets back-in with an added $$$$$$$$’ vengeance to then take control of what are the ‘spoils’ of this ‘war’!

    Yes, if Obama gets the boot – what with the US trillion dollar debt – then it’ll be economic practicalities which will define the way forward …

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