Entries in Kabul (2)


Gates, Petraeus Joke About Launching Attack on Libya

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- After Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived at Kabul Airport Monday where he was greeted by General David Petraeus, microphones picked up the two men joking about launching an attack on Libya.

Petraeus and Gates shook hands after Gates arrived on his 13th trip to Afghanistan as Secretary of Defense.

"Welcome back, sir," Petraeus said to Gates. The two men began walking, and Patreus was overheard joking: "You returning to normal, you gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something?" 

"Yeah, exactly," Gates replied in jest.

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Biden Meets with Afghan President; Emphasizes US Commitment

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Vice President Biden said Tuesday the coalition forces in Afghanistan have “largely arrested the Taliban momentum” in key areas there.  But he acknowledged that the gains are “fragile and reversible.”

Biden’s comments came after a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul.

Biden emphasized the U.S. commitment to the Afghan government.  “We are not leaving if you don't want us to leave,” he said.

The vice president said while there are “many hard days that lie ahead,” there is now a “viable path going forward” to the transition from U.S. forces to Afghan security forces by 2014.

"We've moved into a new phase in Afghanistan: transition to full Afghan lead beginning this year and concluding in 2014," he said.

Biden reiterated the message that a senior administration official conveyed on the trip over -- the United States is there to assist the Afghan government, not lead.

"It is not our intention to govern or to nation-build,” Biden said.  “As President Karzai often points out, this is the responsibility of the Afghan people and they are fully capable of it.”´╗┐

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