The size of a residual force left in Afghanistan is being hotly debated as the United States grapples with winding down a war that has lasted more than 10 years. The White House has yet to decide – which leaves a climate of uncertainty. Several factors will determine the nature of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan when its combat role ends in 2014. These include: the ‘state’ of the Afghan army and security forces; whether or not Afghanistan can maintain stability and security; and the 2014 presidential election when Hamid Karzai is expected to step down.

AFGHANISTAN is no longer a global hub of terrorist activity, but a Taliban resurgence would threaten to make it one again.

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Dr. James Jay Carafano
Afghanistan is far from peaceful. Attacks by Taliban and other insurgents rose 47 per cent (from1,581 to 2,331) in January to March 2013 compared with the same period last year
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