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December 2, 2009

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AFGHAN SURGE Duration: 00:00:58

Last night, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will be sending thirty-thousand more troops into Afghanistan over the next year-and-a-half. That was expected. What wasn't expected was his clear statement that the U.S. is looking to pull its forces out of the region by 2011.

In making this announcement, President Obama raised a host of concerns: Will the troop surge be enough to quash the Taliban insurgency? Is the Afghanistan's government stable enough, and its security forces strong enough, to cope when NATO forces leave? And what will be the impact of the announcement beyond Afghanistan's borders?

These are all at the top of Ahmed Rashid's mind. He's a journalist and a leading expert on Afghanistan. We reached him at his home in Lahore, Pakistan.



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