DOD and Petraeus: U.S. Planning Military Presence and Operations in Afghanistan Beyond 2014

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the Obama administration is planning to maintain “joint” U.S.-Afghan military bases in Afghanistan after 2014 and it plans to conduct what Flournoy described as “joint counter-terrorism operations” with the Afghan military after that date.

The revelation came in response to a question from Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.).

“I wonder if you’ll comment on the possibility of some continuing base presence, perhaps a jointly operated system of bases, in Afghanistan between us and the Afghans?” Lieberman asked.

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