"As Afghans stand up, they will not stand alone."
- President BARACK OBAMAat NATO talks involving over 50 world leaders, describing the withdrawal of 130,000 combat troops from Afghanistan, planned for the end of 2014
"... here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of new day on the horizon."
- BARACK OBAMAU.S. President, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to sign a strategic partnership agreement that sets the terms for U.S.-Afghan relations after troops officially withdraw in 2014
"U.S. taxpayers have seen tens of millions of their dollars wasted by a corrupt and ineffective Afghan government over the past decade."
- BRIAN KATULISnational security expert at the Center for American Progress, suggesting that the Afghanistan government must follow through with political reform for its recently drafted agreement of a strategic partnership with the U.S. to work
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