Am I the only one who finds it disgusting American troops and tax payers will continue to spend more monopoly money and blood in Afghanistan until 2024??? Aren't we 15 trillion dollars in debt and cutting back services in America?
U.S. pledges financial, support role to Afghans through 2024
The U.S. and Afghanistan completed negotiations on a strategic partnership to govern their relations during and after America's troop withdrawal.
KABUL, Afghanistan — After more than a year of negotiations, U.S. and Afghan officials reached an agreement Sunday confirming the United States' commitment to Afghanistan for a decade after its formal troop withdrawal in 2014.
The document, which must be reviewed by the Afghan parliament and U.S. security agencies and signed by both nations' presidents, does not specify troop numbers or funding levels, but it offers a broad guarantee that the U.S. role here will not end as abruptly as some feared it might.
The agreement came despite a series of setbacks in Afghan-American relations, including the burning of Qurans, the massacre of 16 civilians attributed to a lone Army sergeant, and the appearance of grisly photos of U.S. soldiers posing with the body parts of Afghan insurgents.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's national-security adviser, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, initialed a final draft of the agreement with U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, according to emailed statements from Karzai's office and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
The two countries have a month to review and sign the deal by the May 21 NATO summit conference in Chicago, a goal voiced last month by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. That gathering is expected to produce a plan for the final phase of the decadelong war in Afghanistan.
The document pledges American financial support for Afghanistan through 2024 and refers to the ongoing U.S. role in bolstering Afghan democracy and civil society.
The specifics of the U.S. commitment have yet to be formally outlined and could be governed by future agreements.
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