[Marxism] Permanent occupation in Afghanistan
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Thu May 9 08:56:39 MDT 2013
The United States wants to keep troops at nine bases across Afghanistan,
the country's president, Hamid Karzai, said on Thursday – a larger
number than expected given Washington's scaled-back ambitions for
shaping the country's future.
Karzai, who has often been a fierce critic of the foreign forces that
have dominated his country for years, was surprisingly conciliatory
about the prospect of a long-term US presence. Keeping American soldiers
on the ground was in Afghan interests, he said, as long as the soldiers
came with support for the Afghan government and economy.
"We can agree to give them the bases – them staying on after 2014 is for
the good of Afghanistan," Karzai said in a speech at Kabul University.
"The condition is that they bring peace and security and take action
quickly … on the basic strengthening of Afghanistan, helping the economy
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