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Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan - The top United Nations official in Afghanistan on Thursday issued an unusually pointed warning to President Hamid Karzai to enact major political reforms or risk losing the support of the international community.
"There is a belief among some that the international commitment to Afghanistan will continue whatever happens because of the strategic importance of Afghanistan," Kai Eide, the U.N. special representative, said at a news conference. "I would like to emphasize that this is not correct.
Britain "cannot, must not and will not walk away" from Afghanistan, Gordon Brown said today.
The prime minister also gave the Kabul government a stern warning that it had to clean up and reform if it was to continue receiving international help.
In a pre-Remembrance Day speech in London, hastily arranged following numerous British deaths in Afghanistan this week, Brown insisted the Afghan campaign was "prosecuted out of necessity" to protect the UK and wider world from the threat of terrorism.
He cited terror attacks in recent years, including those in New York, Bali, Baghdad and London, adding: "When people ask why are we in Afghanistan ... I ask them to look at this list of terrible atrocities."
Hamburg - Britain has quietly urged Afghan's newly re-elected president, Hamid Karzai, to make peace with the less radical part of the Taliban, a German magazine, Stern, claimed Monday.
In a story on its website, stern.de, it said that London's confidential message had identified the so-called Quetta Shura, based in Pakistan, as the Taliban supreme authority and called on Karzai to make peace with it.
Previously, London had merely urged Karzai to amnesty Taliban fighters and their regional commanders. Stern said it was now pressing for the Taliban's senior commanders and shadow governors to be amnestied.
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A senior White House official says U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on his national security team to revise the options for the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan.
Mr. Obama asked for the changes Wednesday during the latest review of his Afghanistan policy. The official says the president wants his advisors to determine how and when U.S. troops can hand over security responsibility to the Afghan government. Administration officials say Mr. Obama wants to make clear to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan is not "open-ended."
Originally posted by jam321
reply to post by SLAYER69
I don't know Slayer. They send all these troops in to accomplish a mission, limit them on their ability to accomplish the mission, lose some good lives because of the leaders inability to set goals to accomplish the mission, and then in the end try to make deals with the devil to end the mission knowing damn well that the same problems will arise again in the future.
Just doesn't make sense to go to war in the first place if you aren't 100% committed. :shk:
The United States has no long-term commitment to Afghanistan other than to root al Qaeda from the war-torn nation, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday.
Mrs. Clinton also cautioned against propping up any corrupt government and reiterated U.S. demands that the recently returned government of Hamid Karzai make clear steps to increase transparency and reduce corruption.
"We're not interested in staying in Afghanistan. We have no long-term stake there. We want that to be made very clear," Mrs. Clinton said on ABC's "This Week."