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Thursday, October 5, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the NYT: NATO Assumes Control of Eastern Afghanistan

NATO took over eastern Afghanistan from U.S.-led forces Thursday, assuming control of 12,000 American troops and extending its military role to the entire country.

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Eikenberry will continue to command some 8,000 U.S. troops functioning outside NATO who are tracking al-Qaida terrorists, helping train Afghan security forces and doing reconstruction work.

Eikenberry also retains administrative and legal responsibility for U.S. forces under NATO, overseeing matters such as logistics and military justice, said U.S. military spokesman Col. Tom Collins.

Eikenberry said that consolidating the command under Richards streamlines western troops’ effectiveness. It confines direct U.S. control to a single chief enclave: the sprawling American base at Bagram. Most air operations in the Afghan theater also remain under American oversight.

U.S.-operated prisons and interrogation centers at Bagram will remain under U.S. command, while NATO will continue to transfer its detainees to Afghan police.

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3 Comments

  1. Do you think that the shift is being done primarily for efficiency or for political reasons?

    Comment by Jan — Thursday, October 5, 2006 @ 9:00 am

  2. Probably mostly political.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, October 5, 2006 @ 9:21 am

  3. that’s what I thought.

    Comment by Jan — Thursday, October 5, 2006 @ 9:48 am

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