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Kerry’s Middle East Tour Prepares Endless War in Afghanistan, Syria

 Kerry’s Middle East Tour Prepares Endless War in Afghanistan, Syria

By Alex Lantier March 27, 2013 "Information Clearing House" -"WSWS" -

US Secretary of State John Kerry left Kabul for Paris yesterday, after a Middle Eastern tour to Jordan and Afghanistan to plan broader wars across the region.

A Sadly Simplistic Afghan Debate

A Sadly Simplistic Afghan Debate

From the
Mar-Apr 2013 issue
Robert W. Merry
|
March 1, 2013
Robert W. Merry is editor of The National Interest and an author of books on American history and foreign policy. His latest book is Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.
AS THE debate over America’s Afghan troop withdrawal grinds on, it’s time to consider the lesson of Richard Nixon, whose Watergate abasement obscures the reality that he has more to teach us on such matters than is generally recognized.

NATO Struggles over Afghanistan's Future

NATO Struggles over Afghanistan's Future

By Matthias Gebauer in Brussels

22 February 2013

NATO has long said it wouldn't abandon Afghanistan following the conclusion of combat operations at the end of 2014. But the alliance is having trouble agreeing on just what that means. Now, planning for the future training mission has run into trouble.

US Plans Mini-Force in Post-2014 Afghanistan

US Plans Mini-Force in Post-2014 Afghanistan

Spiegel Online

By Matthias Gebauer and Christoph Schult

21 February 2013

Officially, the West plans to continue helping Afghanistan beyond the conclusion of the NATO mission at the end of 2014.

Obama sets sights on exit from Afghanistan war

Obama sets sights on exit from Afghanistan war

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Feb 12, 2013

US commander backed troop drawdown: Panetta
Washington (AFP) Feb 12, 2013 - President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw 34,000 US troops from Afghanistan within a year was based on the advice of former commander General John Allen, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said Tuesday.

US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan

US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan

by Staff Writers
Kabul (AFP) Feb 11, 2013

The US military has started to withdraw equipment from Afghanistan through Pakistan ahead of next year's deadline for combat troops to leave the war against the Taliban, an official said Monday.

Two convoys, each hauling 25 shipping containers, entered Pakistan at the Chaman and Torkham border crossings on Sunday as part of the US redeployment of equipment from Afghanistan, US Lieutenant Colonel Les Carroll told AFP.

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