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CNN's Wolf Blitzer sits down with Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an exclusive interview at the NATO summit in Chicago. This will air Monday during the 5pm ET hour on CNN.
On Monday, NATO countries are expected to sign off on President Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan that calls for an end to combat operations next year and the withdrawal of troops by the end of 2014.
Karzai met with President Obama on Sunday and both agreed that the end of the war is close. Karzai reiterated his commitment to the withdrawal timetable, "so that Afghanistan is no longer a burden on the shoulder of our friends in the international community, on the shoulders of the United States and our other allies."
Blitzer is anchoring "The Situation Room" live from Chicago today from 4-6pm ET on CNN.
By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) – For a long time, U.S. intelligence officials have testified before congressional committees that there are probably fewer than 100 al Qaeda terrorists remaining in Afghanistan. They have suggested that there are many more al Qaeda members in other countries, including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
If true, and I believe it is, that raises this question: Why does the United States still have 90,000 troops in Afghanistan and virtually none in those other countries?
By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
Washington (CNN) – It was good that President Obama went to Afghanistan to thank the U.S. men and women serving in the military under very dangerous circumstances. I could see on their faces at Bagram Air Base that they were thrilled to meet with the commander in chief.
Unfortunately, some of the nearly 90,000 American troops still in Afghanistan will be killed or severely wounded. Others will come back to the United States suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other long-term ailments. The costs of this war will continue long after all U.S. combat troops are out of Afghanistan at the end of 2014.
President Obama has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Tuesday on the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. President Obama is meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a strategic pact on future cooperation. He will make a televised address Tuesday evening at 7:30pm ET.
Joining CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss this developing story is Former Director of the National Clandestine Service Jose Rodriguez, Rep. Peter King, Ret. U.S. Army Major General James "Spider" Marks, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend and more.
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By Wolf Blitzer, CNN
(CNN) - The situation in Afghanistan seems to be going from bad to worse despite 10 years on the ground for hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops, diplomats, private contractors and aid workers who have rotated through the country. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent.
The commander of all U.S. and NATO forces, Gen. John Allen, was upbeat in an interview with me Monday. “The campaign is sound,” he said. “It is solid. It does not contemplate, at this time, any form of an accelerated draw-down.”