NATO members to agree on Afghan transition plan
Afghan policemen perform a drill during a graduation ceremony at the Adraskan police training centre in Herat province on May 13th
May 19th, 2012
09:48 AM ET

NATO members to agree on Afghan transition plan

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From Elise Labott and Mike Mount in Chicago

On Sunday, the war in Afghanistan is expected to dominate discussions at the NATO summit. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Zardari are both expected to attend the meeting.

NATO leaders are currently on a timetable to withdraw all of the alliance's combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014.

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Senior administration officials tell CNN that NATO members have tentatively agreed on a security transition plan from NATO's International Security Assistance Force to the Afghan National Security Forces before 2014. The plan, which also lays out a NATO training and advisory role after 2014, is expected to be formally adopted at the summit.

One of the key issues to be discussed in Chicago is who will pay to build up Afghan security forces during and after the NATO drawdown. Afghan national security forces should total around 350,000 by 2015, according to CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen. Karzai's government can afford to cover only a fraction of the cost, which is expected to total roughly $4 billion annually after 2014, Bergen notes.

Non-U.S. ISAF countries are being asked to come up with $1.3 billion, the officials said.

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Another issue is Islamabad's continued blockade of much-needed NATO supplies over Pakistani roads to Afghanistan. Pakistan has kept its airspace open but closed its ground routes after the death of about two dozen Pakistani soldiers in November at the hands of NATO forces at a post on the Afghan-Pakistan border. NATO insists that the incident was an accident. Negotiations on the issue continue, the senior administration officials said.

Obama officials are also pushing for more Pakistani involvement in peace talks with the Taliban.

The United States also expects Hollande to announce the removal of French combat troops from Afghanistan - a position he asserted during the presidential campaign.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Sajjad Sialkoti

    The news about the imminent danger due to floods to the nuclear plant in Nebraska was eye opening. First Japan and now this. If technologically advanced countries cannot handle this surely third world countries would also struggle. Quid pro quo transfer of nuclear technology by USA to third world countries such as India needs to be opposed on moral grounds. Billions of people live in that neighborhood and would be at risk from such catastrophes which I am sure the American people would not like to be a party to. We are all well aware that that region is prone to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and of course terrorism placing such nuclear installations at tremendous risks. US Congress is urged to reconsider and cancel all the agreements for the transfer of such technologies due “Force Majeure

    May 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  2. carolyn

    What is NATO? This is from Wikipedia. You can read more for yourself.

    "The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO, also called the (North) Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949.

    The organization constitutes a system of collective defense whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. ...with 28 member states across North America and Europe, the newest of which, Albania and Croatia, joined in April 2009. An additional 22 countries participate in NATO's Partnership for Peace"

    I am wondering how the wars in: Iraq, Afghanistan, drones sent to Pakistan, Libya, Syria pending, Iran pending, are in SELF DEFENSE? And it is certainly NOT humanitarian efforts.

    So let me get this straight: NATO can DECLARE war on anyone it wants to and our troops have to fight, plus WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THE WARS NATO DECLARES WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS?

    May 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  3. obama's mission is RE-ELECTION ONLY

    Fast is what won him the elected the last time , but now it will not work due to the fact he will not be able to over come his failed record on so many levels including afghanistan.

    May 20, 2012 at 7:47 am | Reply
  4. krm1007

    "Once upon a Kabul dreary, while the americans/nato pondered exit and weary.....
    While Ithey nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at their bunker door.
    "'Tis some visiter," they muttered, "tapping at our bunker door —
    Only this and nothing more."
    Quoth the talibans......Nevermore.......
    We come in peace and nothing more..only in peace and nothing more...
    To begin negotiations and maybe facilitate withdrawal and maybe more
    Quoth the talibans, Nevermore".

    And thus began the love fest over a cuppa tea
    And everyone lived happily after..and much much more
    Quoth the talibans and americans together...Nevermore. Evermore. Evermore"

    May 19, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply

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