Karzai Says He'll Need U.S. Help for 15-20 Years

Afghan President Hamid Karzai made it clear today that his country's security forces will need 15 to 20 years of financial and training assistance. Karzai made his statement at a news conference with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and just a week after President Obama outlined his strategy for Afghanistan which calls for a surge of 30,000 troops before he starts withdrawing them in 2011. "We hope that the international community, in particular the U.S., as our first ally, helps us reach the...Full Story
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