23 September 2010, 12:05

July 2011 deadline only the start of Afghanistan withdrawal

July 2011 deadline only the start of Afghanistan withdrawal

The July 2011 deadline set by President Barack Obama for the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will in fact be the start of the process, Commander of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus said in an interview with the Times newspaper.

The July 2011 deadline set by President Barack Obama for the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will in fact be the start of the process, Commander of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus said in an interview with the Times newspaper.

He made clear that he reserved the right to set his own timetable based on conditions on the ground. According to General Petraeus, it’s first necessary to make sure Afghanistan is able to govern and protect itself on its own, otherwise Talibs and other extremist groups will move in once the coalition troops pull out.

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