The US government announced Tuesday that slow withdrawal of ¬†of its troops from Afghanistan and remains in that country to 9,800 soldiers by the end of 2015, rather than reduce that number by half, as originally planned.
The White House said changing the timing through a statement, shortly before the joint press conference between President Barack Obama and his counterpart from Afghanistan, Ashraf Gani, who is visiting Washington. During the meeting, President Obama confirmed the news and explained that the number of troops remain there in 2016 will be decided later this year.
Afghanistan “remains a very dangerous place,” said Obama, citing the bombings “suicide” against civilians that has suffered this country and in holding that the slowdown in the withdrawal of US troops due to the request of “flexibility” in the process made by Gani.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had asked his US counterpart that reduces the rate of reduction of troops in their country, because Afghan forces prepare for a tough season and deal with rebels fighting the Islamic State seeking to recruit in its territory.
Afghanistan “remains a very dangerous place,” said Obama, citing the bombings “suicide” against civilians that has suffered this country and in holding that the slowdown withdrawal of US troops due to the request of “flexibility” in the process made by Gani.
Until late 2014, the presence of US troops was covered by the international mission of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and, at present, is featured in Afghanistan to about 10,000 military training and assistance efforts.
The withdrawal timetable originally envisaged to reduce that number by half by the end of 2015 and reduce it again at the end of 2016 some 1,000 military, necessary for the safety of the US embassy in Kabul.
“We will continue to support the Afghan reconciliation process,” Obama told reporters while Gani reiterated its “commitment to peace” and thanked US troops and taxpayers of this country by supporting the military mission in Afghanistan.
Before meeting Tuesday with Obama, Gani said Monday a day of talks with Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Pentagon chief Ashton Carter. During his talks with Kerry and Carter throughout the day, Gani obtained the commitment of the US Government that prompted Congress funds “to support a staff of 352,000″ Afghan security forces at least until 2017, in the words of the head of Pentagon.