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New US Envoy: No Rush to Leave Afghanistan

 
 
 
 
 
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Denies Plan for ‘Permanent Bases’.

Speaking today in his first comments after being sworn in, new US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker insisted that the US is in “no rush” to leave the country, which it has occupied militarily for nearly 10 years.

“We must proceed carefully,” Crocker insisted, “there will be no rush for the exits.” The Obama Administration announced a small drawdown of the number of troops in the country recent, but most of these troops are not expected to leave until shortly before the 2012 presidential election.

Crocker also criticized the US for not having a more active role in Afghanistan after the end of the Soviet occupation, insisting they would continue to have a role in the nation going forward.

At the same time, Crocker denied that the US has any plans for “permanent bases” in the country, despite the fact that the Karzai government has repeatedly confirmed ongoing talks for such bases.

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