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Afghans oppose permanent US bases
Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:15PM
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File photo showing US soldiers standing guard in front of Bagram Air Base.
A newly established political front has strongly rejected the notion of establishing permanent US military bases in Afghanistan.


Afghanistan's Unity Front, which is made up of people from all walks of life, declared its existence on Sunday.

A spokesman for the group has said that the permanent presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan runs counter to the country's independence and national pride.

The stance comes after several senior congressman called for permanent US military bases in the war-ravaged country.

Moreover, a recently published report said that the US was trying to reach an agreement with the Afghan government that would allow thousands of American forces to remain in the war-torn country at least until 202.

About 150,000 NATO troops are currently fighting in Afghanistan with plans to stay in the country beyond 2014.

This is while US President Barack Obama had pledged a major drawdown from Afghanistan by July 2011. Experts have described the new transition dates as a devastating truth for Americans.

Analysts say the US is looking for an excuse to expand its military operations in the troubled South and central Asian regions to secure bases near Russia and China.

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