November 20th, 2010
10:12 AM ET

NATO, Afghanistan sign pact; war protesters hit London

NATO and the Afghan government on Saturday forged a "long-term" partnership - an agreement that will leave international forces in the war-torn country for many years after a planned military transition in 2014.

"We will stay as long as it takes to finish our job," said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's secretary-general.

"NATO is in this for the long term. We will not transition until our Afghan partners are ready. We will stay, after transition, in a supporting role," he also said.

He and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the pact before reporters at the Lisbon NATO summit. Along with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, they made remarks and took questions from reporters.

Meanwhile, a large protest was happening Saturday in London against the war in Afghanistan, with organizers saying thousands from around the country would take part.

Demonstrators were marching from Speakers Corner in Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, where there were planned speeches from Labour politician Tony Benn, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, two members of Parliament and others.

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  1. CaptainObvious

    OMG I agree with DR.BAD! 90 days of putting off the inevitable continued settlement construction in a multi-billion dollar deal is totally a rip off. This has to be the dumbest thing I've ever seen from this country and I'm including the bail outs. It might be good if they could permanently prevent Israel from building settlements in disputed areas. Then it might be a good deal. It's another example of the lack of seriousness the world leaders are showing when trying to pursue peace. It's a total smoke screen

    November 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Colonel Confusing

    Smoke screen you say? More like an old stage play filmed in black&white, with scribble marks on it. The show world leaders (political, religious, etc) put on is becoming more transparent. The hole's in their stories are so huge and obvious, even blind minded individuals can see them. If you still place your hopes for the future in some government or some religion that services them...

    November 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Kantor

    "War protesters"? Funny how they never say anything about the murder of Americans and British on 9/11 – or of the abuse of women under the Taliban – or of acid being thrown in schoolgirls' faces. (It's not their daughters – why would they care?)

    These are nothing but sick twisted cowards and hypocrites who need to watch their own families burn in the streets.

    November 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mr. Inchaaaaaaaaa

    well now... Finally there are those who speak of rednecks and thier obama child clearly... And notice how unhappy american women in particular think they own human rights as they feed those fat faces with whatever genocide can provide... Diamonds are those girls best friends like bible rifles.. So then it is obvious... No deals... No excuses... Nato is history as all can see... All turned over private mafia blackwater types.. Who will no doubt commit more suicide over time... Instigate a little more violence with true islam people and countries and get the true rewards they dream of... Nato who? Hilarious hillary...bama..bush...

    November 21, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. mr. Inchaaaaaaaaa

    and oh yeah... Sweet little deals with israel... If only they had oil... Then then they could be truly best friends with hillary like the so human rights nation of the liberated democratic saudi america.. Hillary loves princes.. And here at fort leavenworth kansas the green suited monkeys are so sad they shoot thier weapons at the local houses.. Officers and police caught doing exactly what they do eveywhere.. Intimidating and molesting civilians... You should come and do story about the crazy fort people...they all think they and their wives are special gods one day and pretend victims the next..just check the local news here and be amazed.. At the worlds most degenerate slighty humans.. Rober

    November 21, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. ***dude***

    I think u all need to pee in the bottle

    November 22, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
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