"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
"Each attack was meant to send a message: that legitimate governance and Afghan sovereignty are in peril."
- JOHN R. ALLENNATO commander in Afghanistan, after the Taliban carried out multiple attacks across the country
"Pakistan knows everything. They control everything. I can't [expletive] on a tree in Kunar without them watching."
- UNNAMED SENIOR AL-QAEDA DETAINEEquoted in a classified internal NATO report leaked to the BBC. The report, based on 27,000 interrogations, claims Pakistani support for the Afghan Taliban, which Pakistan's government denies
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