US still in armed conflict against Al Qaeda, Taliban: Obama
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama has said the United States currently remains in an armed conflict against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan even after the security lead has transitioned to Afghan national security forces.
“The US currently remains in an armed conflict against Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces, and active hostilities against those groups remain ongoing,” Obama said told the Congress in Friday in a six-month consolidated War Powers Resolution report.
Obama said US Armed Forces had transitioned the lead for security to Afghan security forces while striking significant blows against Al Qaeda's leadership and preventing Afghanistan from being used to launch attacks against their homeland.
He said a limited number of US forces remained in Afghanistan for training, advising and assisting Afghan forces, conducting and supporting counterterrorism operations and taking appropriate measures against those directly threatening US and coalition forces in Afghanistan or providing direct support to Al-Qaeda.
Obama said the mission to help train, advise, and assist the Afghan National Security Forces and Afghan ministries and institutions continued through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led Resolute Support Mission.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2189, dated December 12, 2014, which welcomed the Resolute Support Mission and underscored the importance of continued international support for the stability of Afghanistan, he noted.
“Today, there are approximately 10,500 US forces in Afghanistan, consistent with the Force Management Level of 9,800,” Obama said.
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