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Red-Greens: Troops out of Afghanistan 2011

TT/The Local · 27 Aug 2010, 09:38

Published: 27 Aug 2010 09:38 GMT+02:00

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"Our strategy is completely consistent with the international strategy for a successive withdrawal," said Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin at a Friday press conference.

The three parties were in agreement that the Swedish force in Afghanistan would not be expanded, a move which has been proposed by the Alliance government.

"We say a straight no to that," Mona Sahlin said.

Sahlin underlined that the shift in the party's policy is as a result of the Kabul Conference at the end of July and not due to pressure from coalition partner, the Left Party.

"At some point big brother has to let little brother cope on his own," she said.

The three parties write in their agreement that conditions on the ground will determine the pace of the Swedish troop withdrawals.

Green Party spokesperson Peter Eriksson concluded that there is a growing insight that the old military strategy has not worked and all (international coalition partners) are now in agreement that military forces should be withdrawn by 2014.

"We are concerned that we have a government which is not aware of international developments," he said.

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Left Party leader Lars Ohly stressed that the agreement does not mean that Sweden is abandoning Afghanistan.

"Sweden is not pulling out, we are increasing our commitment. When we scale down the military forces we release resources for civil operations," he said.

The Red-Green agreement is dependent on the continuing security situation in Afghanistan.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:16 August 27, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Alls this means is that the Swedish Army has to shut off the coffeemaker and the Americans, Danes, Germans and Brits have to find another caterer.
18:53 August 27, 2010 by Kevtravels
This would not work. Withdrawals shouldn't be the option at the moment. All we have fought, we can actually win with patience and focus of all of our available resources. That being sad if this plan does go into fruition, I will respect it as Sweden is no member of NATO and has been fighting there and all the troops serving there have my utmost respect.
22:50 August 27, 2010 by glamelixir
This money can be spent in Pensionar, schools and public health instead.

I think it is a wonderful proposal.
23:20 August 27, 2010 by memyselfandi
Why is this news? We are only talking about two hundred Swedish soldiers sitting on the sidelines somewhere making nice. The Swedish force is not a fighting force in Afghanistan.

Its not like Sweden has 15,000 soldiers in Afghanistan fighting their asses off....Sweden has a token presence only.
00:59 August 28, 2010 by Abbot
Apparently, Swedes have balls the size of grains of sugar these days. Their ancestors must be rolling over in their graves in shame.
01:04 August 28, 2010 by rugla
What is the difference between a cat fish and a ( Mona S ) social democrat? One is a scum sucking bottom dweller, the other is a fish!
10:16 August 28, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Will anybody notice they have gone?
14:00 August 28, 2010 by Kevtravels
Hey you guys need to get some things straight. Open a book or read an article. Sweden has had troops in the Northern parts of Afghanistan for the past few years and their primary mission was reconstruction but over the past year or so they have been getting into more and more combat same as the Norwegians and Germans. The North is safer than the Southern part of course, but it's still a battleground.

Sweden only has around 500 or so troops there so I wouldn't imagine they would be leading and launching operations to defeat the Taliban. They do as much as they can. Same as many nations of their size. Plus Sweden is not a member of NATO so any contribution they give is pretty nice. Basically all I'm saying is that sure years ago we could laugh at Sweden's contribution but this is 2010 and all nations are fighting in Afghanistan and deserve our respect.
18:29 August 28, 2010 by wenddiver
Kevtravels is right. The Women and Men of Sweden's Army deserve the World's respect for taking the time out of their lives to defend the world from an evil ideology like the Talliban.. Next time you see a Swedish Uniorm, be proud that these men an women are doing something, not sitting back and watching the world go to hell.

There are children, women and men in Afganistan who want to go to school, fly kites, listen to music, hit on babes in bars, read the book of their choice, go shopping without a car bomb kiliing half the family, not have their nose cut off, eat bacon, and your soldiers make that posiible.

Take the time to thank an Allied Soldier for your freedom when you see them, be they Swedish, British, Danes, Czech, Pakistanis, Canadians, Germans or US. We can all be very proud of these young people.
13:04 August 31, 2010 by flintis
Have they been given live ammo yet?

@glamelixir: the extra money would go to the 1,000s of Afghan refugee's following the soldiers back to Sweden. Don't be fooled by the socialists & their false morals
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