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Minggu, 23 September 2012

33,000 Troops Withdrawn from Afghanistan

AUCKLAND, (VOICE NGOs) - As many as 33,000 soldiers United States (U.S.) have left Afghanistan. This was conveyed by Minister of Defence (Defence) AS Leon Panetta, Friday (21/9).

The soldiers were sent on 2 years ago this was additional troops mandated by U.S. President Barak Obama to curb Taliban militant attacks.

But with the outbreak of the internal assault incidents, and review of joint forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Afghan army, led to many questions about military strategy is applied.

"The forces have completed a mission to curb the Taliban attack and dramatically increase the capabilities of the Afghan national security forces," said Defense Secretary Panetta told reporters, in the description of the media at Government House, Auckland, when he met with the New Zealand government officials.

Withdrawal of 33,000 troops, Panetta said, is an "important historical record." Panetta insisted that the U.S. had completed its mission in Afghanistan as planned. Currently accounting for nearly 100,000 NATO troops are still in Afghanistan, including 68,000 of which came from the U.S..

Coalition forces are still continuing routine activities, such as patrolling and manning the outpost with small units of the Afghan army.

However, a series of incidents of attacks against Afghan soldiers and police U.S. or NATO forces, undermining trust between them.

This week reported 51 coalition troops killed in different incidents. Brigadier General Roger Noble, deputy chief of operations for the alliance of Australia, noted incidents of attacks throughout the week have made the soldiers crunching. On the other hand, Panetta denies failing strategy.

"We're turning the corner, and successfully developing Afghan security forces," he said.

Panetta added that the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, had put the forces properly in order to complete the mission.

U.S. troop numbers peaked at 101,000 in 2011, and gradually withdrawn. Gen. Martin Dempsey, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, concerned about the impact of attacks on the army. Dempsey called the perpetrators of the attack as a "serious threat" to the war campaign.

He also declared for a change. Defense Secretary Panetta was in New Zealand since last Thursday, and ended by announcing the withdrawal of 33,000 troops from Afghanistan.

NATO agreed to repatriate its troops by the end of 2014. (AP)

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