US focuses on 2014 Afghan handover | FT Alphaville

US focuses on 2014 Afghan handover

The sudden death of Richard Holbrooke, the US diplomat, comes as Washington’s Afghan war planning moves into a new phase, with troops set to stay for at least four more years. President Barack Obama held a top-level meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan on Tuesday, ahead of the public release on Thursday of the administration’s latest review of its policy in the two countries, the FT reports. The review is expected to reaffirm the goal of giving local forces the lead in operations against the Taliban by the end of 2014. Meanwhile the New York Times asks the post-Holbrooke question: ‘What Now?’