June 29th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Petraeus: July 2011 only the beginning of U.S. withdrawal

Gen. David Petraeus said Tuesday that it "is important to note the president's reminder in recent days that July 2011 will mark the beginning of a process, not the date when the U.S. heads for the exits and turns out the lights."

"We'll need to provide assistance to Afghanistan for a long time to come," he said, quoting President Barack Obama.

"Moreover, as President (Hamid) Karzai has recognized, and as a number of allied leaders noted at the recent G-20 summit, it is going to be a number of years before Afghan forces can truly handle the security tasks in Afghanistan on their own.

"The commitment to Afghanistan is necessarily, therefore, an enduring one, and neither the Taliban nor our Afghan and Pakistani partners should doubt that."

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  1. Steve

    If I were Petraeus, I wouldn't use Karzai in any sentence when validating our troop commitment. Karzai will still say his countrymen are not ready in 2020. Troops leave, so does his money train.

    July 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. evan Mark

    Please people learn about how horrible living was under the Taliban:
    You absolutely MUST see this.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |