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"The real problem will come when NATO leaves and has to remove materials sent into Afghanistan in the early days of the mission. The Pakistanis know this, which is why they are hanging tough on their demands for huge fees to open routes through their country."
"For all these reasons we are interested in a positive engagement," he says of NATO's desire to work with the country.
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President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked down an exit path from the war in Afghanistan, affirming Monday that they will close the largely stalemated conflict at the end of 2014, a strategy that means their troops will still be fighting and dying for another two-plus years.
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