General Says Calamities Shouldn't Hasten Afghanistan Exit

Law360, New York (March 22, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT) -- The general overseeing the war in Afghanistan insisted Thursday that the U.S. should not reduce its military presence in the country because of a U.S. soldier's alleged murder of 16 Afghani civilians and a recent Quran-burning controversy.

Gen. John R. Allen told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee that recent setbacks in U.S.-Afghanistan relations have not disturbed NATO's progress toward reducing troop levels in blocks through the end of 2014, when the turnover of Afghanistan's security to the country's own forces is expected to be complete....
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