Nearly 10,000 GIs (9,800 to be exact) to remain in Afghanistan
Barack Obama on Tuesday reportedly formalized the presence of a U.S. troop in Afghanistan; till the end next year i.e. 2016. The US President however, warned that the time table is ‘conditional’ since the same would depend; on a bilateral security (BSA) agreement signing while by the next president of Afghanistan.
When working from the White House, President of the United States said it had decided to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission to NATO at the end of the year, before a complete withdrawal two years later, just before the end of his second term. But has he said, “We will maintain the military presence after 2014 if the Afghan government signed the agreement that our two governments have already negotiated”. “This agreement is essential to give our soldiers the authority they need to fulfill their mission, while respecting Afghan sovereignty,” Obama said.
President Hamid Karzai, who is leaving office, has refused to sign the warrants, to the great displeasure of Washington. However, both qualified for the second round of the Afghan presidential election on June 14, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah candidates announced they would sign. Obama noted these commitments and expressed his “hope” to achieve. Turning the page More broadly, Obama said he wanted to “turn the page over a decade during which our foreign policy has been mostly devoted to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
The president, who must evoke Wednesday its foreign policy priorities in a speech at the Military Academy at West Point (New York), hoped that “this new chapter in U.S. foreign policy will allow us to redirect some of the resources we save by ending the wars to respond more agile to evolving terrorist threat.” “I think the Americans have understood that it was more difficult to stop wars that trigger them,” said the president, who had made a name on the national political scene in 2002 opposing the plans of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush to invade Iraq.
Whereas doubt hangs over the viability of the Afghan central government after the departure of NATO troops, Obama also conceded that “Afghanistan is not a perfect place, and it is not the United States that makes it so.” However, “the United States still hold their commitments vis-à-vis friends and partners who take responsibility, and we will never allow al-Qaeda sanctuary which (extremist nebula) enjoyed before September 11” in Afghanistan still has promised the American leader.