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Jul 26, 2011

U.S. ambassador: No Fixed Base in Afghanistan after 2014

Kabul - The new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, said that the United States will not maintain permanent bases in Central Asian countries after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2014.

Speaking at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Crocker said the U.S. would continue to assist the Afghan government after the withdrawal, but stressed that the United States in the future are not interested in using the services of Afghanistan as a base to affect neighboring countries. `


"After the year 2014 - even when Afghanistan has been mandated to lead full security, I believe that we and other international community will be in a position to work with Afghanistan to prevent the forcible return of Taliban rule," Crocker said.

According to the plan of President Barack Obama, Washington would pull back 10,000 troops the U.S. from Afghanistan in late 2011, while another 23 000 troops in September 2012, and completed a total withdrawal by the end of 2014.

Crocker said the U.S. would not repeat the mistakes! sudden withdrawal of support for the Afghan government as it did in 1989 after the Soviets withdrew from the country.


Lack of U.S. help at that time allowed the Taliban movement began to gain strength and lead to civil war lasted protracted.

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