US stands with Afghanistan-Clinton

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed the US and its allies will stand by Afghanistan even as fears are growing about... More Below... Posted by on Jul 20th, 2010 and filed under World.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed the US and its allies will stand by Afghanistan even as fears are growing about the course of the nearly nine-year-old war and the Obama administration plans to begin withdrawing American troops from the country next year.

Amid the rising death toll of foreign troops in the country, Clinton acknowledged deepening opposition to international involvement in the conflict. But she told an international conference on Afghanistan’s future that the “world is with Afghanistan” and that the planned drawdown of US forces was not a sign of flagging commitment.

Regarding US plans to accelerate the process of turning over security to Afghanistan’s police and military, she said, “The July 2011 date captures both our sense of urgency and the strength of our resolve. The transition process is too important to push off indefinitely.”

Clinton also told the 70-nation conference, “But this date is the start of a new phase, not the end of our involvement. We have no intention of abandoning our long-term mission of achieving a stable, secure, peaceful Afghanistan.”

(Thanks to AP and Wikipedia)