Military generals expressed reservations that absolute deadlines would prove detrimental to the war's resolution and counterproductive to accomplishing the mission in Afghanistan.
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Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan: 2011 Target

The U.S. military suffered record casualties in the war in Afghanistan, with June 2010 among the deadliest months of the war. Military casualties were expected to rise through the summer and fall seasons of 2010, as conflicts set to increase in Helmand and Kandahar.

After years of military sacrifice and deployment endured by military service members, as well as hardships suffered by all - U.S. citizens, citizens of Afghanistan, and the global community -Congress aims to assure a military withdrawal that would maintain the mission while not abandoning the end goal.

The Obama Administration set the date of U.S. troops withdrawal from Afghanistan: July 2011.


Despite reservations, many military defense leaders accepted the July 2011 target withdrawal date as part of Obama's war strategy, based on counterinsurgency tactics used during the Iraq war, combining a quick "surge" of forces with the larger task of gaining the support and trust of the local citizens.


Military generals expressed reservations that absolute deadlines would prove detrimental to the war's resolution. Military officials noted that setting a deadline for military pullout could prove counterproductive to accomplishing the mission in Afghanistan, stating that military withdrawal should occur when conditions are met, not when the clock ticks down.

Some military leaders believed that a setting a fixed end date could encourage Taliban insurgencies to step up their efforts, attempting to fill the hole left by a potentially uncompleted U.S. military mission.

Others questioned if the goal originally set for the war in Afghanistan remains achievable after multiple years at war, a dwindling military budget, and a stressed U.S. economy.


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