Decisions in Afghanistan not on Iraq model: Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Amidst disappointing performance by the Iraqi soldier trained by it, the Pentagon on Friday asserted that the American decisions on Afghanistan are not based on Iraqi model and in fact the US is committed to further the capability and competency of the Afghan forces.
“The decisions in Afghanistan are not built on an Iraq model. There's no Iraq model. And this is a completely different situation. The President has made some decisions about what our force presence will look like in Afghanistan after the end of this year, assuming that we get a signed bilateral security agreement, and what the mission would look like in both size and complexity over the next two years,” the Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said.
“I fail to see a comparison (between Afghanistan and) Iraq in this regard. We had remained open to discussing a follow-on presence in Iraq, assuming we could get the same sort of agreement, legal protections for our troops, which the Iraqi government was not able to produce,” he argued in response to a question.
The United States, he said, stands pretty well on the record of its performance over the last two to three years in terms of helping develop the competency and capability of Afghan forces, which are in the lead right now, and doing quite well. “If you need proof, go back and look at the security of the elections that just occurred,” the Pentagon Press Secretary said.
“Nothing changes about our commitment to that. And the NATO Resolute Support mission post 2014, at the end of the ISF mission, when the combat mission ends, is all about furthering their competency and their capability, and as the president made clear, we're committed to executing that,” Kirby said.
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