June 14th, 2012
07:22 AM ET

Australia to train Afghan forces after withdrawal of combat forces

Australia pledged Thursday to provide troops and resources in Afghanistan beyond a 2014 deadline to withdraw combat forces, a commitment that came as NATO's chief vowed the alliance would not leave a security vacuum in the country.

The announcement followed news of a joint political declaration between Australia and NATO during a news conference in the Australian capital of Canberra.

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  1. saywhat

    Cold war all over again albeit with far more potentially sinister and disastrous consequences.
    Undoubtedly once the alliance ( basically US) leaves Afghanistan, China besides Russia would step up its already substantial efforts to increase its influence and presence.
    To leave or not to leave is the question.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |

    Could see this coming. once US got a Naval Base and began using a vast area for its' training facility.
    Little known, in US, is that Austrailia has gradually been exte.ding its military muscle among the Southern Island Nations.
    US signed a New 10yr "Agreement" with Afghanistan that includes NATO forces and assistance.
    How one signs an agreement with a non government and but a mere extension of Empire and the man who sihns for country is guarded by your paid Mercs is todays New Speak.
    The deal is worth 10s of billions yearly and will go far towards improving and growing Austrailias new militancy.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I see nothing inherently wrong with Australia providing assistance.
    I think it's a good thing that it doesn't all fall to the US to help provide security for Afghanistan.
    Shall we see an emergence of a cold war?
    Perhaps, perhaps not.
    The withdrawl of US troops was always is the cards...we cannot sustain our troops staying there indefinetely.
    I am not, of course, talking about an occupation; I am talking about our forces fighting an active war...it has got to stop.
    Russia and China are in the wings, waiting to step in...but then they are a looming prescence waiting like vultures with Syria...
    Russia has always coveted Afghanistan.
    Nothing new there!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    @ saywhat, "sinister and disastrous consequences" You bet cha!
    This whole mess was all for one purpose; Feeding China, Halliburton's Caspian Basin oil.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |

    RUSSIA is not the villian in Central Asia Afghanistan was always even before towers fell a US and Euro NATO undertaking, and itall began with the deliberate breakup of the Old Yugo Republic.
    That deliberate breakup was named The Greater Albanian Project and while US military used for the hammer it was primarily for advantage of European enrrgy needs,around 10% yearly increase, and was only to stop dependence on Russian pipelines.
    US nato already were in the ex soviet dominated nations as Soviets pulled out they through energy and military build ups to leaderz there moved in.
    Afghan was no failure as the goal of cornering Central Asian energy for European needs had been met by complete autonomy of a pipe and transport ofenergy from Mongolia to Mediteranian and trans ev yugo republics.
    Los of disinfo and hype out there but all legal now courts have approved propaganda use bygov towards public and news no longer has to tell truth and just report.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Good morning @Mary @ banasy
    Halliburton,Carlyle Group and others different labels for greed. The motivating factor behind these 'wars'.
    Yes we cannot sustain our troops in these places despite Cheneys promise of 'a hundred years". He & his cohorts wanted 9/11 as their Pearl Harbor for their agenda.
    But we will be forced to opt for choices not necessarily popular or sustainable. As a consequence of our own policies.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @ Hide Behind
    NATO entry and increasing presence in the ex-Soviet bloc is the very reason Russia taking China on board, is now standing up to the West. Gone are the days of Putin's first presidency and alliance withe the West.
    As I said cold war all over again.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    @ saywhat, Those choices would be to implement Blackwater type Military.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    I understand that all of this is oil-driven, sauwhat, and I agree with your assessment.
    However, these wars do not benefit the American people...the ones who are putting their lives in danger for this oil...
    Who does it benefit?
    And why should a war be sustained indefinetely if the spoils, so to speak, benefit only the world's richest, and not the commom people who are fighting the war for them?
    It's sickening.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    A fleeing Taliban, desperate for water, was trudging through the Afghanistan desert when he saw something far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he hurried towards it, only to find a little old Jewish man at a small stand selling ties.

    The Taliban asked, Do you have water ?

    The Jewish man replied, I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie? They are only $5.00.

    The Taliban shouted, Infidel! I do not need an over-priced tie! I need water! I should kill you, but I must find water first !!

    OK, OK, said the old Jewish man, It does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie and that you hate me. I will show you that I am bigger than that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely restaurant. It has all the ice cold water you need. Shalom.???

    Muttering, the Taliban staggered away over the hill. Several hours later he staggered back, almost dead. Your brother won't let me in without a tie.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    @ Mary
    @ banasy
    Sickening it is. The whole thought process behind this policy is sickening.
    @ bobcat
    That was a howler.
    All you good folks have a good one.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Excuse me but Australia is not doing this for free or out of any compassionate feelings.. but yes it is better for Aussies to die than Americans.
    Probably cheaper on our economy as well; a good pragmatic move on US part, let someone else play world copper, and NATO allies will begin building worlds largest land mass military trainig and weapoms developement sight in land mass area in Aussie outback.
    They scratch and watch our backs and we spend billions in Aussie land.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Huh??

    Excuse you, nobody said otherwise. It IS a good thing someone else is stepping up to the playte! I can only hope those plates, that you seem to place very little value on, don't all break! I'm mixing metaphores, but I call it as I see it...and you have no solution, only hatred for all things US, it appears.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |

    Hate US? NOT!
    Do not like false winged american angels spreading pixie dust from la la land and won't live in reality of what this nation is truly about.
    US is just a happening,nothing more nothing less, we live,relative to 2/3rds of world in relatively luxurious surroundings, but as humans no better nor more worthy of such affluence than any grubbing human is.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |