The US ambassador to Afghanistan is to step down this summer due to ill health, the state department has said, one day after Nato's Chicago summit reaffirmed plans to exit the country....
... Other senior US officials are also expected to step down soon.
The ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter has announced he is leaving his post, while Gen John Allen, the most senior US military official in Afghanistan, is expected to leave his position towards the end of the year.
... The BBC's Kim Ghattas says that it is not unusual for diplomats and officials to move on, especially during the last year of a presidential administration.
But the departure of several diplomats in key strategic areas could lead to some drifting in implementing policy while replacements are found, our correspondent adds.PROTEST? LEAVING A SINKING SHIP? SPLITTING BEFORE IRAN IS ATTACKED?
DUNNO, YET, BUT T SURE AIN'T A GOOD SIGN.
IT IS PROOF OBAMA TURNED AFGHANISTAN INTO A DEBACLE.