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‘Impossible’ to set date for Afghan withdrawal: Gates

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AFP
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday it was too early to set a date for the eventual withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan.

“We would all like to have a situation in which our mission in Afghanistan has been completed and we can bring our troops home. I do not see that happening anytime in the near future,” Gates told a news conference with his French counterpart, Herve Morin.

“I think it’s impossible to put a date on when you might firmly say all the troops are coming out,” Gates said.

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The defense chief said a review of US strategy now underway was examining the goals of the Afghan mission and how progress towards those objectives could be measured.

“And I think we will have a much better idea of the way forward, at least as far as the United States is concerned, when that review is complete,” Gates said.

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