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Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011
According to Britain's Daily Telegraph, the US and Afghan governments are working on an agreement which would ensure US military presence in Afghanistan until at least 2024. Ahmad Majidyar of the American Enterprise institute says that both countries see a strategic benefit in such an arrangement. He said it is no guarentee that Taliban and Al-Qaeda elements will be eradicated by 2014 (when NATO has said combat operations in Afghanistan will end) and Afghan troops will still need training. However, he also said that in difficult economic times, US will not want a large footprint in Afghanistan. Patrick Cronin of the Center for a New American Century said the agreement is also a way to send a message to Pakistan that the US is willing to commit to Afghanistan for the foreseeable future--he said Pakistan hedges its best against a quick US withdrawal.