June 22nd, 2011
08:03 AM ET

Afghan public tiring of foreign troops

Kabul, Afghanistan - Ahead of President Obama's speech, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports from Afghanistan about how Afghans are feeling about the U.S. troops in their country.

As Walsh says, the withdrawal makes sense domestically for the U.S. but in terms of Afghans and how they will perceive it, "it's very much restructuring the NATO presence here, and giving them the simple idea that there's a new fiscal landscape ahead in which they're going to have to come to some kind of accommodation with the insurgency. ...

"I think [Afghan officials] aren't speaking directly about the withdrawal until it's made entirely public by Obama, but the public here frankly are beginning to be tired of the presence of foreign troops. They've had foreign troops that are out here for the last 30 years or so. And while many see the NATO contribution as having tried to bring a better life here to Afghanistan, I think there are genuine concerns that they need to get on with their lives themselves without foreign interference as some see here. Many refer to American troops here as occupiers, and frankly want to see them get hold of their own country, their own sovereignty again."

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