Afghan President Makes Case for Delayed Troop Withdrawal

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Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, addressed a joint session of Congress today, telling lawmakers his country owes a "profound debt" to the more than 2200 American soldiers who lost their lives in battle. He also thanked President Obama for agreeing to delay the drawdown of American troops. "Thanks to the flexibility shown by President Obama and Congress, we've made up for the loss and regained momentum. Without breaking – by even one day – the promise of President Obama to the American people that the US combat role would end on December 31, 2014. Thank you for staying with us."

Steve Clemons is editor-at-large for the Atlantic and senior fellow at the New America Foundation.




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