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Give Us Hagel for Christmas
We've been good, says Kelley Vlahos
Private Murders and Government Murders
Michael Tennant deplores both
Pyongyang Is Still Deterred
Relax, advises Ted Galen Carpenter
 No Christmas in Rebel-Held Northern Syria
Prayers for peace, but conspicuous lack of celebration
Israel: 1,200 More Settlement Houses
Expansion continues despite international condemnations
US to Send Troops to 35 African Nations
Odierno plans for fast deployments anywhere in the world
 Those Mad, Mad Mullahs
Please give Flynt Leverett a break
America's Really Stupid Syria Policy
Philip Giraldi on the worsening situation
What Bill of Rights?
John Knefel on the lawless police
Cameron: Afghan Troop Cuts Could Be Accelerated
This Week's Announcement Has 'Flexibility'
by Jason Ditz, December 21, 2012
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Many were surprised when Prime Minister David Cameron announced the 2013 plan for Afghanistan troop pullouts, much slower and smaller than officials in his government had initially predicted it would be.
In a visit to Helmand Province today, Cameron raised hope that the initial report could still happen, saying the plan has “​flexibility​” and that more troops cut be withdrawn faster than he announced.
Cameron insisted that the speed would reflect the “success” of the 11+ year occupation of Afghanistan, that the war was “the right decision” and that Afghanistan would never again be a “haven for terrorism.”
Britain currently has 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, with 500 set to leave by the end of this year. Another 3,800 are poised to leave in 2013, and a “similar” amount are planned to leave in 2014, with more troops staying beyond that date.
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Highlights
Give Us Hagel for Christmas
We've been good, says Kelley Vlahos
Private Murders and Government Murders
Michael Tennant deplores both
Pyongyang Is Still Deterred
Relax, advises Ted Galen Carpenter
Breaking News
No Christmas in Rebel-Held Northern Syria
Prayers for peace, but conspicuous lack of celebration
Israel: 1,200 More Settlement Houses
Expansion continues despite international condemnations
US to Send Troops to 35 African Nations
Odierno plans for fast deployments anywhere in the world