May 21st, 2012
02:56 AM ET

NATO takes up Obama timetable to end war in Afghanistan by 2014

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By Elise Labbott and Mike Mount

NATO countries are expected to sign off Monday on U.S. President Barack Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan that calls for an end to combat operations next year and the withdrawal of troops by the end of 2014.

Against a backdrop of massive demonstrations that saw violent clashes between protesters and police, NATO and world leaders gathered at the summit in Chicago to sketch out the end of an unpopular war and figure out how to pay for shoring up Afghanistan's security forces.

Obama made clear Sunday as the summit opened that he expects the NATO nations and their strategic partners to agree to the withdrawal plan, while assuring Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the 28-nation alliance would not abandon the country.

"Just as we have sacrificed together for our common security, we will stand together united in our determination to complete this mission," Obama said at the start of the summit.

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  2. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    In midst of all this talk .....we should NOT forget the facts, lose our Commonsense, or lose sight of REALITY.

    The facts are the Taliban regime fostered Osama amd it was necessary to kick them out.

    Commonsense & exp. tells us that we can never stop the Afghans from feuding with each other....something they have been doing for centuries.

    The REALITY is the on-going war is futile given that as long as PAKISTAN the REAL ENEMY is NOT disciplined, there can be no end to this war, and the Taliban will bounce back immediately after we leave.

    So we need to REFOCUS our energies to TAME THIS ISLAMIC MONSTER....PAKISTAN!

    May 21, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
  3. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    It's Time to FINALLY ask our ally (ALL-LIE) Pakistan whether they are with us (US & NATO) or with them (the Terrorists!) in return for the billions they are gobbling up.

    Actually the Pakistani newspaper Dawn itself summed it up MOST SUCCINTLY. Here's what it said:
    "The time may have finally come for Pakistan to articulate what it can and will do to aid the international effort to stabilise Afghanistan in the years ahead. The summit has also come at a time where goodwill for Pakistan in the international community gathering there may be at an all-time low over the closure of the Nato ground supply routes through Pakistan. Pakistan can expect to be asked about what it will do about safe havens inside its territory, how it will strengthen border controls, whether it intends to aid or hinder the Afghan reconciliation process and if it will play by the rules of the international community in Afghanistan or those of its own making."

    "Critical as these questions are, what is worrying from a Pakistani point of view is that it is not clear that policymakers here are in a position to give satisfactory answers. International, including US, patience with Pakistan will eventually run out if it is continued to be seen as a spoiler in Afghanistan. From there, the distance to acute isolation for this country at a precarious economic and security moment would not be very long. If Pakistan has a defendable case to make, now is the time to do it.”

    May 21, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
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