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Rushing for the exit in Afghanistan?

September 28th, 2012
05:49 AM ET

By Samuel Burke & Mick Krever

After a decade of war in Afghanistan, the United States is getting ready to hand off the country's security to the Afghan army.

But there are growing concerns that the local army isn't yet prepared to hold the country together.

Those fears have been heightened since NATO halted most joint missions with the Afghans in response to insider attacks. 

Many Afghans worry that their country may indeed once again slide into civil war.

Critics say there’s a rush for the exit, but the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman doesn’t agree.

He cites the U.S. and its allies growing the Afghan National Security Force to about 352,000 troops. And at the recent NATO summit in Chicago he says the U.S. was able to get $4.1 billion in funding from the international community for that Afghan National Security Force.

Nevertheless the Pentagon says that the Afghan security forces "continue to confront challenges, including attrition, leadership deficit, limited capabilities and staff planning, management, logistics and procurement.”

You can watch Amanpour’s full interview with Grossman about the direction of Afghanistan’s future in the video above.

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  1. AmericanMuse

    Afghanistan, the Graveyard of Empires, has done it again!

    September 29, 2012 at 5:38 am | Reply
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    July 13, 2013 at 6:14 am | Reply

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