Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- June 4, 2013

President Obama is reluctant to commit American troops in Afghanistan for the long-term. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama Hesitant To Commit Troops In Afghanistan Beyond 2014 -- National Journal

Top aide: President wants to see how Afghan security forces and politicians perform before deciding.

As concerns grow over Afghanistan's fate after the planned NATO withdrawal in 2014, President Obama is taking his time before committing any troops, a senior aide said on Monday. Obama wants to wait on results from the newly created Afghan National Security Forces this "fighting season," which ends in the fall, as well testing how the Afghan political process plays out ahead of the national election planned for next year.

"This is a case of wanting to get it right rather than fast," Benjamin Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security advisor, said in an interview.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command Operational Update, June 4th -- ISAF
Afghan Blast Kills Father, 3 Children -- Voice of America
Afghanistan bombings kill 19, including 11 children -- L.A. Times
57 militants killed in Afghanistan -- DNAInida
Afghan colonel arrested over prisoners torture in Wardak -- Khaama Press
Afghans demand arrest of US troops over killings -- Stars and Stripes/AP
Afghan protesters display newly dug-up bodies, claim they were killed by US troops -- Washington Post/AP
British soldiers punished for abusing Afghan civilians -- BBC
British soldiers admit abusing Afghan civilians -- The Guardian
Afghanistan: British Troops Abused Civilians -- SKY News
British servicemen court martial: Soldier given £1,000 after admitting telling Afghan boy to touch his crotch, as a second is demoted over racial abuse -- The Independent
Soldier who admitted sexually abusing Afghan boy is fined just £1,000 as colleague who racially insulted civilian is demoted - and both are allowed to keep identities hidden -- Daily Mail
Pentagon considering ‘bridging force’ in Afghanistan -- Stars and Stripes
White House scaling back military support for Afghan forces -- USA Today
NATO to endorse new mission concept in Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
UK's fleet of Merlin helicopters to return home from Afghanistan -- The Guardian
Merlins to return to RAF Benson after Afghanistan role -- BBC
Afghanistan: MOD pulls out Merlin helicopters as troops leave -- The Telegraph
Afghan interpreters can come to UK, says Philip Hammond -- BBC

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