Afghan strategy unchanged: White House
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The White House on Thursday ruled out any change in its Afghan strategy as announced by President Barack Obama in May, hailing it as a sound approach that reflected the best interest of the people of Afghanistan.
“The president’s commitment to a strategy in Afghanistan that he laid out in May is unchanged; that we have laid out very clearly that at the end of this year, the presence of American military forces will have been reduced…”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the new president of Afghanistan had sign the bilateral security agreement that was brokered over the course of a year and had basically been sitting on the desk of the Afghan leader for months.
Upon the signing of the BSA, the US would execute the strategy to draw down its troops, wind down its role in that conflict in a responsible way that continued to support the Afghans as they took responsibility for their own security, he said.
“We will also have in place, at least for the next couple of years under this strategy, forces who could conduct counterterrorism operations as necessary; if we detect that there are terrorists that are using Afghanistan as a base to launch attacks either against the Afghan people or anywhere around the world…” Earnest added.
Meanwhile, the body of Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the highest-ranking American officer killed in Afghanistan, returned to the United States on Thursday. The two-star general was shot dead Tuesday by an Afghan soldier at the National Military Academy in Kabul.
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