Magazine article New Internationalist

Time to Move On?

Magazine article New Internationalist

Time to Move On?

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This year will see the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan after 13 years of occupation. But will troops actually depart, and what will they be leaving behind?

The US is pushing for the Afghan government to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement that would allow at least 10,000 US troops - and all drone bases - to stay and give the US the authority, without legal repercussions, to arrest, detain and extradite any Afghan deemed to threaten its security interests.

The alternative is the 'Zero Option'. This would mean that all troops would leave, but that $4 billion worth of annual international aid would be withdrawn too.

At the time of going to press, the Agreement was still unsigned.

Opinions on the ground vary as to whether the departure of US troops will be good or bad for the country. But most people will agree that NATO allies are leaving Afghanistan in a state of crisis. …

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