The Chicago Tribune, 7 December 2009
Publié le :
7 décembre 2009
"WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied Sunday that President Obama had a set an "exit strategy" for Afghanistan, and he forecast that only a "handful" of U.S. troops may leave the country in July, 2011, when a withdrawal is to begin.
"Gates, appearing on television news programs with other senior U.S. officials, said the Obama administration intended to maintain its commitment to Afghanistan, while gradually shifting security responsibilities to the central government.
""This is a transition," Gates said on ABC"s "This Week." "We are not talking about an abrupt withdrawal. We are talking about something that will take place over a period of time.""