Crocker: US Not In a Rush to Exit

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The US wants to stabilize Afghanistan but doesn’t intend to have permanent bases in that country, the new US ambassador said Monday. The US soldiers will remain as long as the people of Afghanistan desired their presence, Ryan Crocker announced after being sworn in at the American embassy in capital Kabul on Monday. Speaking of the ongoing transfer of security responsibilities, he said, “There will be no rush for the exits. The way we do this in the months ahead will have consequences far beyond Afghanistan and far into the future.”