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Afghan forces could secure country by 2011

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KABUL, Afghanistan, April 21 (UPI) — Most of Afghanistan should be secured by 2011, allowing international peacekeeping forces to withdraw, a U.S. general said.

“By about 2011 there is going to be some pretty good capacity in the Afghan National Army,” U.S. Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill told The New York Times during an interview in the Kabul headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force.

McNeill said air transport and air support platforms would take a little more time.

By 2011, countries contributing troops to the international force could re-examine whether a large international force was desirable, he said.

“I think you begin to get to a juncture and say, ‘Probably not, maybe we should be starting to change the way this force works,'” he said.

McNeill said the United Nations-mandated force of 47,000 troops from 40 countries could be named Interim Security Assistance Force to recognize the temporary role until Afghan forces can take over.

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Written by afghandevnews

April 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Posted in Security

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