U.S. soldiers depart a village after a meeting with Afghan border police leaders near Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment and Security Force Assistance Team 8. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann
Interview With Gen. John R. Allen On Leaving Afghanistan -- New York Times
The New York Times interviewed Gen. John. R. Allen on Sunday, a week before his scheduled departure from Afghanistan after 19 months as the commander of the American and allied forces.
Following are some of General Allen’s comments. Brief explanations have been provided in brackets.
On his relationship with President Hamid Karzai:
“I wanted him to understand that he was always going to have my loyalty and I was always going to work with him. In fact, I said a number of times, ‘I’m proud to have served you at the same time I served my own leadership, whether it’s a NATO leadership or U.S. leadership.’ Now, I wanted him to believe it because it happened to be true. I think our personalities meshed in that regard.”
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