US defence nominee to rethink Afghan pullout plan
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US defence secretary-designate on Tuesday hinted at changes in America’s plans to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016 in case the security environment deteriorated.
In a written response to a query from the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ashton Carter indicated he might suggest changes to the pullout strategy and size of the drawdown plan to address security concerns.
The Associated Press quoted President Barack Obama’s nominee for the defence secretary as saying was aware of reports that Islamic State fighters could try to enhance their presence in Afghanistan.
The Senate panel will hold a hearing on Wednesday to consider Carter's nomination. He is likely to easily to be confirmed. He suggested the US should try to foster more cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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