White House sees Afghanistan in a difficult situation
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is in a difficult situation, the White House acknowledged on Friday, praising the willingness of security forces and government to fight for the country.
“It's a dangerous country and the Afghan government and security forces have been in charge of the security situation for only about a year or so,” the White House press secretary said.
Josh Earnest told a daily news conference there were lessons that the Afghan security forces had to learn and some losses they had sustained.
“But the United States military and our NATO partners have made substantial contributions to offering training, advice and assistance and expertise to those security forces,” he said.
The US military personnel had also undertaken counter-terrorism operations to protect the forces serving in Afghanistan and US interests from extremist organisations, he added.
President Obama was certainly pleased with the performance of the US military and NATO partners as part of that effort, Earnest said.
“We have actually seen from the Afghans a willingness to fight for their country, a willingness to respond to losses, recover from them and fight back.
“And we talked about the situation Kunduz last fall. This was a city that was taken over by the Taliban, but what you saw was the Afghan forces withdrew, reorganised and then retook the city,” Earnest said.
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