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Russia plans to set up military maintenance bases in Afghanistan to service the Afghan army’s weapons and hardware when Nato pulls out in 2014. It is in Russia’s interest that the region on its southern borders remains stable. But Russia fears that the withdrawal of Nato troops could lead to militant Islamic groups extending their reach into neighbouring countries ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The withdrawal of Nato forces from Afghanistan presents coalition forces with a nightmare of costs, negotiations and exposure to attack as valuable equipment is pulled out. It also places Nato at a strategic crossroads where the very future of the alliance and its future role is debated at a time when defence spending is being cut.
Dr. Uwe Nerlich