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US says Afghanistan still a dangerous country

By Khaama Press - Sun Jan 31 2016, 3:09 pm

Principal Deputy White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during his last briefing before taking over as press secretary, Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The United States along with its international partners has been fighting with terrorism for over a decade now but it still finds Afghanistan a dangerous country.

“At this point it’s clear that it’s a very difficult situation in Afghanistan right now. It’s a dangerous country,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

“I would say that over the last 15 years we’ve seen countries in NATO make substantial contributions to the situation in Afghanistan, and they’re going to need to sustain those kinds of contributions moving forward.”

He observed that the Afghan government and the Afghan national security forces have been in charge of the security situation in country for only about a year or so.

There are lessons that the Afghans had to learn and some losses that they have sustained. But the US military and NATO partners have made substantial contributions to offering training and advice and assistance and expertise to those security forces, Earnest said.

“We’ve actually seen from the Afghans a willingness to fight for their country, a willingness to respond to losses and to recover from them and fight back,” he said.

Earnest noted that the US would continue to have intensive conversations with its NATO partners about how they can contribute to the ongoing efforts inside of Afghanistan.

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