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US facing defeat in Afghanistan: analyst

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The United States is facing defeat in Afghanistan after years of US military assaults on Afghan homes and villages, an anti-war and social justice activist in Chicago says.

Joe Iosbaker, leader of the United National Antiwar Coalition and member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression also accused the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, as being a US “puppet.”

Karzai “was placed in power by the US, he supported bombing of his own country, years of US military assaults on Afghan homes and villages and now the US is facing defeat by the armed national resistance,” Iosbaker told Press TV.

The 12-year war in Afghanistan is longest war in US history. Thousands of Afghan civilians, including a large number of women and children, have been killed by US-led forces and CIA-run assassination drone strikes.

Washington and Kabul are currently locked in a stalemate over a security pact that will determine whether US troops will stay in the Asian country beyond 2014.

In January, US officials had promised to withdraw all combat forces from Afghanistan by 2014, although Washington’s goal always was to have a long-term presence in that country.

“The United States needs to stay in Afghanistan with a number of troops sufficient to defend the US corporate interest there, to keep their puppet in power and to project US power in the region and so they’ve crafted this forces agreement with Karzai,” Iosbaker said.

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