No decision yet on US presence in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Welcoming the Taliban decision to withdraw northern from Kunduz province, the White House on Tuesday said the retreat was indicative of the capabilities and resilience of the Afghan security forces.
“We have seen those reports. And obviously that is a welcome sign … I think it is an indication that the Afghan national security forces do have significant capability that has been built up over the last few years,” the White House press secretary said.
Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference in Washington the Taliban withdrawal also reflected in no small part the dedication of the NATO force training, equipping and advising the Afghan security personnel.
The insurgents’ capture of Kunduz City was a setback. But their ability to regroup and retake the city was demonstrative of the resilience and capability of the Afghan forces.
“As I've mentioned before, the president does have a policy decision to make as it relates to our future military presence inside of Afghanistan. And certainly conditions on the ground will influence that process, but they will not dictate the outcome,” Earnest said.
He added a range of considerations would factor in the president making that decision, but there was no update at this point on what the decision would be or when it would be announced.
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