Exclusive: U.S. likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases

March 19, 2015 12:57 AM

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Exclusive: U.S. likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open beyond the end of 2015, a senior U.S. official said, as Washington considers slowing its military pull-out from Afghanistan to help the new government fight the Taliban.

The anticipated policy reversal reflects the U.S. embrace of Afghanistan's new and more cooperative president, Ashraf Ghani, and a desire to avoid the kind of collapse of local security forces that occurred in Iraq after the U.S. pull-out there.

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