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The popular conception that all international forces are to leave the war torn country by the end of 2014 is now proved to be wrong.


This week Germany announced that they will remain in Afghanistan beyond the previously announced exit date, and 600- 800 German troops will work as mentors for the Afghan Army (ANA).

In February 2013, different sources stated that USA would keep between 8000 and 14000 soldiers in Afghanistan beyond 2014, but this was later demented by US Minister of defence, Leon Panetta. He said that: “That’s the total number of international forces in the country in the future.”

The fact that NATO is not leaving, is good news to the Afghans, who have been fearing that a new civil war would break out as soon as the international soldiers leave.

The news have been welcomed by the Afghan government, but not by the Taliban. One of their spokesmen responded by saying: “The occupation will not be tolerated, And Afghanistan will not be a safe place for the soldiers in the future.”


The war in Afghanistan has now lasted since 2001, and the NATO forces will remain there beyond 2014. The exit date was no exit date at all.