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« on: July 27, 2010, 06:50:02 am »

US Afghan war to persist after 2011

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 07:37:41 GMT

Admiral Mike Mullen says the US mission in Afghanistan will not end with a scheduled July 2011 withdrawal deadline.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has concluded his visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan, amid doubts over Washington's war strategy in the region.

Mullen said Monday that a mid 2011 deadline for the start of a withdrawal of US troops from the war-torn Afghanistan did not signal a retreat from the region.

"I want to be very clear about one thing America's military mission there will not end in July of 2011 No one is looking for the door out of Afghanistan or this region," he told a news conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Monday.

Mullen further added that the United States and its allies would, however, begin the process of transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces in July 2011.

"But whether that will happen, how much of it will happen, will be completely depended on conditions on the ground," the senior US military official stressed.

He also once again reiterated Washington's commitment to dismantling and defeating al-Qaeda and its extremist allies, as well as preventing Afghanistan from ever becoming a haven for them again.

Mullen's remarks come not long after the whistle-blower Website Wikileaks released thousands of secret US military documents on the Afghan war during the period from 2004 to 2009.

Many of the files detail how the US-led forces killed or wounded Afghan civilians in unreported attacks. Wikileaks says the reports contain information that could amount to war crimes in Afghanistan.

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