A U.S. soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment is watched as he fires a squad automatic weapon during a training mission near forward operating base Gamberi, in the Laghman province of Afghanistan (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson).
Revisit Afghanistan's End Game Plan
December 15, 2014,
Bruce Riedel argues that President Obama should revisit his timeline and endgame in Afghanistan to reflect conditions on the ground. Pakistani support for the Afghan Taliban complicates the U.S. withdrawal, and it is unclear if the Afghan army will hold together as allied troops depart, Riedel explains. India should expand its role, he suggests, by providing military training and expanded economic assistance to Afghanistan, and pressuring Pakistan’s allies to push for an end to Pakistan's Taliban ties.