TOP U.S. COMMANDER GEN. JOHN ALLEN TELLS SCOTT PELLEY TROOPS WILL BE IN AFGHANISTAN PAST 2014 - SUNDAY ON "60 MINUTES"
Excerpt Will Be Broadcast Tonight On the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley"
Ten years after the war in Afghanistan began, the top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan tells Scott Pelley that U.S. troops will still be there past 2014. Marine General John Allen sits down with Pelley in Kabul to talk about the plans to remove troops from the region and the growing security problem regarding the relationship between Pakistan and the Haqqani network. The interview will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Oct. 9 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
A transcript of an excerpt from the interview that will be broadcast on tonight's CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY is below. Please credit 60 MINUTES.
SCOTT PELLEY: So, let me ask you, what's your plan to get us out of here?
GENERAL JOHN ALLEN: Well, the plan is to�is to win. The plan is to be successful. And so, while some folks might hear that we're departing in 2014 as a result of the Lisbon Conference and the process of transition, we're actually going to be here for a long time.
PELLEY: You're talking about U.S. forces being here after 2014?
GEN. ALLEN: Yes, there will be.
PELLEY: What you're saying is that the United States isn't leaving Afghanistan in the foreseeable future?
GEN. ALLEN: Well, that's an important message. Afghanistan is not going to be abandoned.