Bay Area Afghanis Cheer US Troop Drawdown

FREMONT (KCBS) – The reduction of US forces in Afghanistan is being welcomed by many Afghans living in the Bay Area.

Fremont’s Little Kabul neighborhood is the nation’s largest community of Afghani people outside Afghanistan. Although many residents are ready for America to leave their homeland, others are pessimistic about the future of the war-torn country.

”It’s been at war for almost 32 years, so it can’t just stop in one year,” said Eddie Hitaki of Union City.

Imam Muhammad Majid said that overall, the Afghan people have been assisting in the US efforts in Afghanistan, but questions the ultimate goal.

”We have been helping for a long time and the results are not there, so how long do you think we can cope with it?” asked Majid.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

An exclusive CBS 5 news poll shows that more than half of Californians believe the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting.

Thirty-four percent told Survey USA it was worth it, and eleven percent are not sure.

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