U.S. declares Afghanistan a major non-NATO allySubmitted by Bob-45 on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 01:43
[This ensures we never leave Afghanistan]
By Arshad Mohammed
KABUL | Sat Jul 7, 2012
(Reuters) - Washington declared Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally on Saturday, a largely symbolic status reinforcing its message to Afghans that they will not be abandoned as the war winds down.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the decision, made by President Barack Obama, during her unannounced visit to Kabul where she met President Hamid Karzai on the eve of a major donors' conference in Tokyo which will draw pledges for aid.
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