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Afghanistan: Stoltenberg claims NATO stopped ‘terrorist safe havens’ in Afghanistan

1 15.03.2016 Инфо

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, addressing the NATO and US military presence in the country.
According to Stoltenerg, NATO is in Afghanistan "because we responded after the terrorist attacks in 9/11 in 2001" and said that its main goal has been "to prevent Afghanistan of becoming again a safe haven for international terrorists." However, he acknowledged that it "doesn't mean that we don't find terrorist organisations in Afghanistan" but that "they are confronted partly by the Afghan forces, which have become stronger and stronger, they are confronted by the US counter terror mission or operations, and of course the NATO presence even after we ended our combat mission."
As for the Afghan President, he confirmed that "in Nangarhar Daesh is on the run. It's running for cover. I promised to the people in Nangarhar that there will be no quarter given to Daesh, and none has been given."
During his time in Afghanistan, the Secretary General is expected to also meet with Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah to discuss NATO-Afghanistan cooperation and the ongoing Resolute Support Mission.