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Leaving Afghanistan to the Afghans

A Commander’s Take on Security

Author: David M. Rodriguez, Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command; Deputy Commander, United States Forces, Afghanistan
September/October 2011
Foreign Affairs


The Afghans will indeed be ready to take over their own security by 2014, writes the former commander of the ISAF Joint Command. The size and quality of Afghanistan's armed services have increased drastically over the last few years, and the United States' decision to focus on good local governance, especially in key areas, has pacified the most important parts of the country.

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