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NATO SAYS ‘READY TO STAY’ IN AFGHANISTAN

NATO says it is “ready to stay” in Afghanistan, reiterating a pledge on funding for local security forces.

“What we have seen is we are committed and we are ready to stay,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday, highlighting the funding pledge through 2020.

Stoltenberg could not say, however, when NATO’s military engagement in Afghanistan might end.

“There’s no reason to speculate exactly on how long it will continue,” he said, adding that NATO member states would examine the situation again next year.

Under the leadership of the United States, the 28-nation Western military alliance invaded Afghanistan in 2001, starting a war that has killed thousands and cost tens of billions of dollars. The military engagement was meant to obliterate the Taliban, but the militant group has managed to gain more footholds across the country over the past years, and local security forces still struggle to contain the group and other militants, including al-Qaeda and the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

Stoltenberg said NATO will maintain troops in Afghanistan through 2017 under its train and advise Resolute Support Mission.

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Imagine my (absolute absence of) shock at this decision!!!

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