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Nineteen people, including all eight suicide bombers, died in a hours-long standoff at the Inter-Continental in Kabul Wednesday.

No sooner had NATO helicopters brought the crisis to an end by killing three suicide bombers than people started questioning the decision to withdraw Western troops from Afghanistan.

On that matter, Global News solicited the opinion of Paul Heinbecker, the former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Laurier Centre for Global Relations and a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

The attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul is not expected to prevent the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan of American...

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