Obama Will Keep 9,800 Troops In Afghanistan Through 2015

Posted On 25 Mar 2015
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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.

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  1. Tom Tchikofski Reply

    Afghanistan, It is a country where both the enemy and friends are under the control of USA government. The Taliban’s are indirect control of USA via Pakistan while the Karzai/Ghani government are considered friend and directly controlled. USA needed a person like Karzai/Ghani as a cover for the warlord of Northern alliance and those whom kept quite after the dollars start flowing.

    As long as US has its Zionistic influence on Afghanistan or on the region, Afghanistan can kiss the peace good by. US.GOV will keep the war well balanced among the afghans for generation to come.

    US likes a country that are well mannered for Zionist and obey commands on the spot. Pakistan is good example of this behavior. After all how could a Muslim nation like Iran can not have nuclear wile, Pakistan not only have the technology but continue to upgrade it.

  2. hp Reply

    In Afghan fields the poppies grow,
    between the crosses,
    row on row..

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