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U.S. Signals Delay in Afghan Troop Decision

September 28, 2018
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The White House signaled Sunday that President Obama would postpone any decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan until disputed elections there have been settled. (New York Times — 19 October, 2009)
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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday that before a decision is made on whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, the United States must assess the strength and viability of the Afghan government. (Washington Post — 19 October, 2009)
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Western officials say that Mr. Karzai seems to be balking at accepting the results, and a flurry of visits and phone calls from officials was aimed at averting a crisis. (New York Times — 18 October, 2009)
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KABUL, Oct. 17 — There is a growing fear among Western officials in Afghanistan that President Hamid Karzai and the nation’s Independent Election Commission will not accept the findings of a United Nations-backed fraud investigation that is expected to call for a runoff to settle Afghanistan’s… (Washington Post — 18 October, 2009)
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, though, said the vote would not affect President Obamas on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. (New York Times — 17 October, 2009)
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It was the first time that President Hamid Karzais government has acknowledged the probability of a runoff. (New York Times — 16 October, 2009)
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Investigation strips Afghan president of a third of his votes, triggering a second round of voting. (Washington Post — 20 October, 2009)
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Corruption may derail the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan even if more U.S. troops are sent there, the top military commander there has concluded, according to U.S. officials. (MSNBC — 14 October, 2009)
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KABUL, Sept. 17 — A powerful car bomb killed six Italian troops and at least 10 Afghan civilians in downtown Kabul on Thursday, moments after President Hamid Karzai told journalists in his heavily guarded palace nearby that last month’s fraud-plagued presidential election had been “a big success… (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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