US NATO Envoy to CAN, NLD: Please don’t go

This, from Reuters:

The United States has urged the Netherlands and Canada to reconsider plans to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan while NATO is increasing efforts to contain the Taliban insurgency. The Dutch government must decide by March 1 whether to push ahead with its plan to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, while Canada has said plans to pull its soldiers in 2011. U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder said it would be hard to replace Dutch troops in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province and that he believed Canadian troops would still be needed in Kandahar province after their planned withdrawal date.  In remarks released on the eve of an international meeting on Afghanistan in London, he said it was for each country to decide its own plans but underlined that the international effort in Afghanistan had entered a critical period …. (On) Canada, which plans to withdraw its troops from Kandahar province next year (he said) “It is very difficult for me to conceive that the situation at the end of 2011 will be such that the Canadian effort will be no longer needed.”

Well, then, will we hear more details, now, about what we’re planning to do post-2011?  We’ll have to wait and see…

(Crossposted at The Torch)

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