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Gen. John Allen at Stimson event cited in NATO Watch on international support in Afghanistan

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Defence Ministers’ Primer – Resolute Support in the balance

NATO Spokesperson, Oana Lungescu, and senior NATO officials held a press briefing on 24 February in advance of the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting starting tomorrow. She indicated that subjects under discussion would include defence capabilities, defence capacity building, cyber defence, maritime security, the Connected Forces Initiative, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

The day before the press conference Karen DeYoung reported in the Washington Post that President Obama was considering four post-2014 options for Afghanistan and that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was planning to brief his NATO counterparts in Brussels.

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Speaking at a Stimson Centre meeting last week, former ISAF Commander General Allen compared the danger of US withdrawal to what happened when the Soviet Union left Afghanistan in 1989. He said that the Soviets initially left advisers and funded the Afghan military but the dissolution of the Soviet Union soon afterward ended that assistance and led to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

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