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Top U.S. Commander Warns Against Leaving Afghanistan In 2014

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March 12, 2014 AT 11:21 AM
America’s top military commander in Afghanistan delivered a grim prediction Wednesday, warning that if all U.S. troops are forced to withdraw from the country at the end of this year, the security situation there would deteriorate and the U.S. would be abandoning the Afghan people and handing al Qaeda a victory. Joseph Dunford, commander of the international military coalition, told the Senate Armed Services committee Wednesday that without some level of U.S. military assistance beyond 2014, Afghanistan would be unable to support and sustain its military and security forces in the ongoing battle with the Taliban and against al Qaeda.