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Outgoing Commander says U.S. commitment Will Live On in Afghanistan


On January 21, commander of the U.S.-led Coalition forces Army Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry stepped down from his post after a ceremony in which the command and its accomplishments were honored.  Lt. Eikenberry said that the United States is committed to NATO’s success in Afghanistan and will remain the single largest contributor of troops to the mission.

“The U.S. is a member of NATO.  NATO’s success is the U.S.’s success, which is Afghanistan’s success,” said the outgoing commander. He assured his Afghan counterparts that twenty six NATO countries and 11 other nations are “fully committed to making Afghanistan a viable, self-sustaining country free from international terror.”

“We are fighting a very different war,” he explained.  “In this war, we are trying to build schools and clinics, we are trying to build roads, and we are trying to help the Afghan people reclaim their middle ground of civil society.  What do we need most to succeed here?  We need more time, more patience, and more commitment.”

Gen. Eikenberry has been nominated to serve as the deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. He has served as commander of the U.S.-led Coalition forces in Afghanistan since May 2005.
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