US to keep 5,500 troops at strategic Afghan bases post-2016
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama has decided to keep 5,500 troops at strategic bases in Parwan, Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces post-2016, an official said on Thursday.
An announcement in this regard by the US president is expected later in the day, a senior administration official told Pajhwok Afghan News correspondent in Washington.
“We can confirm that, as a result of an extensive, months-long review, and in consultation with his full national security team and our Afghan partners, the President will announce later today that he has decided to maintain the current posture of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through most of next year,” the official said.
“In addition, he has decided that post-2016, we will maintain 5,500 troops at a small number of bases, including at Bagram, Jalalabad in the east, and Kandahar in the south,” he added.
He said the announcement in no way meant an end to the US combat mission in Afghanistan. “We will continue to undertake only two narrow missions: counterterrorism and training, advising, and assisting our Afghan partners,” the official said.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.