Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, January 23, 2003

US troops have not abandoned the mission in Afghanistan, despite what some would have you believe.

"The duties of US forces here are determined, and no changes would affect on our activities in Afghanistan even if a possible war begins in Iraq," Roger King, the US forces spokesman in Afghanistan said at a press conference at the American Central Conference Hall in Kabul, reports the Xinhuanet.

He added that in order to help the reconstruction process of the country, the US troops in Afghanistan have earmarked on two separate budgets, respectively for anti-terrorism military operations and for reconstruction assistance, including school rehabilitation, medical services for civilian Afghans and other activities for public interests.

These assistance efforts by the US troops would not be included in the amount of aid pledged by the US government at the Tokyo Conference in January 2001, King added.

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