Afghanistan going well, U.S. says

April 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
| License Photo

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 25 (UPI) -- Plans to pull U.S. and international forces out of Afghanistan by 2014 are proceeding as planned, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

U.S. and Afghan officials last week finalized a draft security deal outlining the bilateral relationship after the 2014 drawdown.

The pact, which would need U.S. President Barack Obama's signature, pledges U.S. support for Afghanistan for 10 years after the U.S. troop withdrawal is completed in 2014.

Afghan forces are expected to take control over security operations as the deadline approaches. U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the self-esteem and pride among Afghan forces was increasing.

Dempsey told American Forces Press Service, the Pentagon's news service, that he was confident the drawdown plans were adequate.

"It's going well," he said.

The Afghanistan Analysts' Network, a think tank in Kabul, issued a report questioning how much Afghan forces were actually leading military operations in the country. The report, states Voice of America, implies that international forces are misleading the public with claims about Afghan-led operations in the country.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korea officials defecting in fear of rising executions
North Korea: Airport terminal is 'new face' of country
Compact cannon for British armored vehicles
Texas AG Ken Paxton facing first-degree felony fraud charges
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say