Resid­ual Force

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Wash­ing­ton­may leave less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan for the train­ing of the Afghan Se­cu­rity Forces be­yond 2014. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the de­ci­sion to con­sider a small force, pos­si­bly 10,000 U.S. troops, re­flects a be­lief among White House of­fi­cials that the ASF is a ro­bust enough force to con­tain a still po­tent Tal­iban­led in­sur­gency. The re­port quoted an un­named U.S. of­fi­cial who con­firmed that the dis­cus­sion is very much alive among the White House, State Depart­ment and Pen­tagon of­fi­cials re­gard­ing the resid­ual U.S. forces to re­main in Afghanistan af­ter 2014.

He said that a small resid­ual con­sid­er­a­tion by the U.S. is partly based on Afghanistan’s sur­pris­ingly smooth elec­tions which have won in­ter­na­tional praise for the high turnout. How­ever, the pres­ence of U.S. forces in Afghanistan be­yond 2014 will be sub­ject to the sig­na­ture of the Bi­lat­eral Se­cu­rity Agree­ment be­tween Kabul and Wash­ing­ton.

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