July 15, 2014

A Close Call, and a Warning, in Afghanistan

Max Boot, Commentary

The Associated Press

The UN’s top representative in Kabul called it “not just a top-notch diplomatic achievement [but] close to a miracle.”

But the only reason that miracle occurred is that, with 30,000 troops still in Afghanistan and a commitment to keep 10,000 more after this year, the U.S. retains significant leverage to influence Afghan politics.

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TAGGED: Afghanistan, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Abdullah Abdullah


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